In 2014, we looked at the transformation of Monterrey, Mexico’s “most Americanized” city. Long home to many major corporations, it faced a spate of violence after a surge in 2008. The city managed to recover, however, and has only become a stronger tech hub since, an expansion driven largely by the presence of the prestigious Tec de Monterrey University. Now, many other areas of Mexico are following that same path. Five years ago, 12 Mexican cities appeared on the Citizens’ Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice’s ranking of the world’s most violent cities. Now that number sits at just five. Yes, that is still too many — but the nation is making undeniable progress.