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HOMES OF THE PEOPLE.

the buildings of Mexico, exclusive of the huts, in which the masses of the people live, are not over one story in height, flat-roofed, and have neither cellars nor garrets; and in buildings of more than one story the upper floor is always preferred as a dwelling, and thus in the cities commands the highest rent. There do not, moreover, seem to be any aristocratic streets or quarters in the cities of Mexico; but rich and poor distribute themselves indiscriminately, and not unfrequently live under the same roof.[1]

  1. Some of the recently improved and newer parts of the city of Mexico, lying remote from the center, are an exception to this rule, and are being built up with a handsome class of houses, while the adjacent streets are broad and well paved.