Good Evening, Mexico City one of the world’s largest, is tonight devastated after a massive earthquake which has claimed at least 3000 lives The entire city centre crumbled after the quake registering 7.9 on the richter scale. Hit during the city’s early morning rush hour. Almost a third of Mexico City may be destroyed or seriously damaged This was the most violent earthquake in the History of Mexico I moved to mexico city about two months ago and I was fascinated by this building next to my house. This is one of the best neighborhoods in the entire city, and this one of the busiest streets. How could a building so beautiful, be completely empty? It didn’t make sense to me so I started asking questions and i found out it was called Insurgentes 300 and in the deadly 1985 earthquake, the foundation was broken and the government condemned it. For 30 years, the worst people of mexico city lived there. Gangbangers, Drug Lords, Killers, All occupied this building. Just four years ago, the government kicked everybody out again for the second time and a brave group of people moved in again started renovating it floor by floor. It doesn’t change the fact that it’s condemned, so they’re in a war with the government’s be able to do that. We’ve asked them if they could give us a tour, and they said yes. this is the story of Insurgentes 300, and I’m excited to go inside. Welcome to the first floor, so from what we’ve heard they’ve only renovated the first few floors. The elevator working to the 8th floor, and really, they were saying after the 8th floor there’s not very many people…. except for Rambo who lives on the 15th by himself like a badass! This elevator is bolted, this elevator is bolted too. This one’s the works fine. So we’re on for three, and it is the nicest floor we’ve seen so far. Very clean, lots of plants and polish, but apparently after floor 3 it just starts to degrade slowly, slowly, slowly, this is floor 4, and already can start to see some more chips on the floor, chips in the walls… it’s crazy this place used to be the most beautiful housing, offices, apartments for only politicians and doctors in Mexico City. In Latin America was a remarkable building and now it’s just this giant stone tower half abandoned. – Alot of these doors are welded shut man.
– I’ve never seen anything like that. You’re not getting in there. It’s like the ultimate security. So this is number 10 and the elevator does not go past nine. This is the first floor where there is no elevator, and like we learned yesterday, and it makes sense, is that if there’s no elevator to your floor…. walking up all those flights of stairs is a long walk. So there’s not very many people living this far up. There’s still six more floors, seven more floors, on top of this. – Hay uno apartamento abierto
– There’s an abandoned apartment we can get in. Wow Floor 11! – Hay gente aqui en pisa 11?
– Una Familia
– There’s one family on floor 11. Look at the view up here though. oh my god. So! This is our man Rambo, awesome dude. He’s giving us a little tour today. He owns this floor, this is his floor. I think it’s pretty damn cool. – Esto Piso 15 y 16, son los mas abandonados del edificio. – So, he’s saying floors 15 and 16 are the most abandoned of the building. – Este local se quemo hace mas que 30 años – He’s saying it’s been like this for 30 years – Tiene Perrito?
– Es tu perro? Aww he’s got a pet dog! Man i would live here so hard! It’s like the most bitchin department I’ve ever seen in my life. You’ve got an awesome house. Una casa muy padre. this is incredible Rambo! Te Gusta Hilary Duff? Haha he says yes, he loves Hillary Duff Man, No one’s gonna use that book ever again. This carpet looks like seaweed from the ocean. You see rooms like this all the time in abandoned places. How did the rooms get like this? Do people come and try to ransack it? Open the walls looking for money or something? Look at this bag of old school computer chips This is the 16th floor and rambo was saying that there’s one person who lives here. – La arcitecta y su esposo.
– There’s an architect, a female arcitect and her husband who live on this floor by themselves and apparently she’s hard to find because she’s very busy with work so…. she must be quite successful? I’m assuming? But a female architect and her husband live on… live solo on the 16th floor So after was abandoned, after the earthquake, people who move in here were seedy, rough, gang bangers, drug lords because it was this amazing building downtown Mexico City. Perfect location and it was free housing. The government said it was unsound, they didn’t care, they moved in and started some really shitty stuff in here. Dealing drugs, sexual violence, and especially on floors 15 and 16 where we are now. Rambo said some really bad things happened up here. So Rambo was calling these pigeon houses. Some of the apartments are just layered with pigeon shit and filled with pigeons. Floor 17! Dude, this is supercool. One of the best views in Mexico City Look at this empty elevator shaft. This elevator shaft drops 17 floors. I didn’t even hear that hit the bottom. – Es la Ciudad de Mexico.
– Si, all of Mexico City. Damn that view is so crazy – La Torre Latinoamericana – The Latinoamerican tower, where the Zócolo, or main square is. You can see the mountains all around Mexico City. I was following Rambo, and he was like “Let’s go to the Roof” and climbs this super thin sketchy ladder. Rambo! There he is. Alright… who’s first? Grab my grab my camera! Dude this is the sketchiest ladder I’ve climbed in my entire life. That’s the most Awkward way to get up. It’s like you’re being born out of a Gorilla. So! We’re on top of the world right now, literally. There’s no guardrails If you walk to the super sketchy edge, you can see Mexico City below. This is Calle Insurgentes Which is a very very busy street. Which is the street that the building’s named off of. This is 300 Insurgentes. but it’s so wild that we’re up here. We’re in the middle of the city, and there is this incredibly huge beautiful building that is basically abandoned. Especially up at the top. People see it every day, they walk by it, drive by it every day. They sell candies, you buy tacos next to it, and it’s basically empty. When we first walked in we had to get through some people and talk to one of the owners of this place. I say owners, but really what they’re trying to do is… There in this war, this battle between the government and and themselves, trying to refurbished this place, to renovate this place and make it livable again. The government says we want to condemn it. The group says it’s a beautiful spot downtown, we don’t want to shut it down. Why waste a good thing? They’re a bit passionate about us showing it in a good light. They say “Hey, let’s be real. Listen it’s rough around the edges, and has some bad stuff happen, but it’s actually an awesome spot for people. Some people can only afford a place like this. So they let us up to make couple videos. We’re super stoked and rambo was a God! he’s a Legend! Gracias Amigo. This is my buddy Exploring with Cody, and exploring with Josh. We’re exploring some cool stuff in Mexico City this week. There’s our videos of this place but it’s also a few more places to so check them all out and subscribe. See ya Guys! I’ve gotta say the motto.
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