As Mexico City has become a hot spot for digital nomads, locals are pushing back on remote workers gentrifying the city.
The city is the 5th fastest growing remote work destination partly due to its cheap cost of living and relaxed visa rules, but locals are not keen on the growing number of affluent long-term visitors.
Last week, Observatorio 06000, a local activist collective, took to the streets to protest the growing gentrification of the city. They spoke on the displacement and rising rent prices that are pushing locals out of their neighborhoods.
They also commented on the changing landscape of the city, saying that taquerias and corner stores are turning into coffee shops and Pilates studios.
Reportedly, fliers are popping up around the city that read “New to the city? Working remotely? You’re a f—ing plague and the locals f—ing hate you. Leave.”
As remote work gained traction during the pandemic, more people are choosing to work remotely in other cities and countries, as evidenced by Airbnb’s report that 20% of bookings on their site were for remote work.