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Downtown Tijuana Stages A Revival

Evening Edition

Above: Since the 1920s, downtown Tijuana has ridden the peaks and dips of Americans’ inconstant love affair with the city.  But an especially long lull in tourism is prodding downtown business leaders, artists and entrepreneurs into action. KPBS reporter Jill Replogle tells us they’re working to revitalize the city’s historic center on what they hope will be sustainable grounds.

Aired 3/13/14 on KPBS News.

After a dozen or so painfully dead years for businesses in and around the city’s main tourist strip, Avenida Revolución, customers are starting to return to Tijuana, Mexico.

Craft breweries, co-working spaces and boutiques carrying clothing labeled “Made in Tijuana.” These are the seeds of what young entrepreneurs and boosters hope will be downtown Tijuana’s new image.

After a dozen or so painfully dead years for businesses in and around the city’s main tourist strip, Avenida Revolución, customers are starting to return. And many are looking for something other than sombreros and cheap margaritas.

“We need to attract the Tijuana people back to the downtown area, instead of just looking forward to the Americans,” said Pedro Sanchez, a developer and fifth-generation Tijuana native.

Since the 1920s, downtown Tijuana has ridden the peaks and dips of America’s inconstant love affair with the city. But an especially long lull in tourism is prodding downtown business leaders, artists and entrepreneurs into action.

The downtown business association, which Sanchez chairs, recently joined with the city to form a trust fund for revitalizing the downtown area. His first big victory was to get the government to donate a prime piece of land just off the main drag.

The association hopes to build on it, and sell or rent out the space — ideally to a government entity that would bring in steady foot traffic and employees who might want to live near the office.

“We need to develop our own economy,” Sanchez said. The trust would reinvest the proceeds in other projects meant to revamp the downtown.

Tijuana actually has a lot of what San Diego’s downtown lacked before redevelopment started there in the 1980s: restaurants, grocery stores and abundant public transportation.

Evening Edition

Above: Timelapse of Avenida Revolución in Tijuana taken on March 7, 2014, from approximately 4pm - 10pm, from the roof of the Lafayette Hotel by Katie Schoolov.

But it also shares many of downtown San Diego’s former problems, among them a seedy reputation and a dearth of decent housing. Apartments here tend to be old, decrepit and overcrowded.

Plus, there’s just one park in all of Tijuana’s Centro — an area made up of about 300 city blocks.

It got this way just like most American cities did around the middle of the 20th century: people moved out to the suburbs; businesses and government offices followed.

Tijuana’s outsized dependence on American tourists hasn’t helped.

“It used to be given to us,” Sanchez said. “People would always come. Well, they haven't been coming for the last 15 years.”

But local artists and entrepreneurs are coming. They’ve been opening galleries and high-end restaurants, and inciting their own redevelopment.

“I see great cities around the world and they all have really cool downtowns,” said Genaro Valladolid, a Tijuana real estate agent. “Tijuana didn’t have one, and I think we’re in the process of having one.”

Valladolid showed me around a recently renovated building with 12 new apartments on its second floor. Three of them are the kind of hip, industrial lofts that rent for at least $1,500 a month in downtown San Diego.

Here, Josué Castro pays a third that price. Castro is an artist who lives in San Diego and works both north and south of the border. The loft he rents in Tijuana functions as a workspace, classroom, party venue and crash house for visiting artists.

“And the beauty is that you’re walking distance to everything,” Castro said. “You have stores, you have the meat shop, you have hair stylists, everything.”

Sanchez, from the business association, hopes to see at least one new housing project, like the lofts, go up each year. And he’d like downtown to have at least one more park.

Improvements are also badly needed to the sewer system and electrical grid, Sanchez said.

Of course, all of this requires money.

“There's no money, that's the reality of it,” Sanchez said. “We’re going to get there, but on our terms and slowly because we still have to work on the details.”

The artists and young entrepreneurs who are recolonizing the city’s core aren’t letting details get in their way. Besides his loft, Castro, the artist, has a “nano” brewery and a gallery in one of the covered arcades that branch off from Avenida Revolución.

But he knows the pattern of downtown redevelopment: when the place gets trendy, he may get priced out.

“Like always,” Castro said. “The same thing happened in SoHo, London, everywhere. I think that’s something we artists always know is going to happen. You are the ones who start bringing the people, and then people like the spaces like this.”

For now, he says, he’s thoroughly enjoying the pioneer life.

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JeanMarc | March 13, 2014 at 9:14 a.m. ― 4 months, 2 weeks ago

I don't think anyone is going to go down there until the cartels stop the brutal murders. The cartels have destroyed the tourism industry of Mexico.

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CaliforniaDefender | March 13, 2014 at 2:02 p.m. ― 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Tijuana is just as dangerous as ever and tourists are putting their lives at risk going there. They also hurt San Diego's economy when they do risk a trip south of the border.

If you are craving Mexican food, crafts, or music, San Diego has it all!

Support San Diego, shop local!

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JeanMarc | March 13, 2014 at 3:33 p.m. ― 4 months, 2 weeks ago

I agree! Tijuana, and mexico in general, tries to present an image of fun safety. Don't believe it. The murders are as bad as ever, kidnappings, rapes, you name it - it's happening as much as ever before. I hope that the citizens of mexico realize the damage the cartels are doing and try to stop them, instead of celebrating them in folk songs like they do now.

Ayee ayee ayee you murdered 50 women and children and decapitated them (trumpet sound) a hero like robinhood (bom bom bom)

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DeLaRick | March 13, 2014 at 5:19 p.m. ― 4 months, 2 weeks ago

JM,

Too bad you'll never know the pleasure of sipping a tasty beverage in San Miguel Allende or the Zocalo in downtown Oaxaca. Any worldly traveler who reads this will know exactly what I'm talking about. I'm curious. Where do you vacation or relax? Been anywhere?

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CaliforniaDefender | March 13, 2014 at 6:09 p.m. ― 4 months, 2 weeks ago

DLR,

I am a world traveler and disagree, not just with your premise but for belittling people who haven't had the opportunity to travel.

I've had tasty beverages in places from Costa Rica to Argentina to Spain have all been much more enjoyable than Mexico for me. But I can replicate the experience with decent authenticity right here in San Diego in many of our wonderful international restaurants.

There is absolutely no reason to risk your life in Mexico for a beverage. That is insane.

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cesar | March 13, 2014 at 7:11 p.m. ― 4 months, 2 weeks ago

People can say anything they want and read whatever they with, but to say that Tijuana is as dangerous as always is a blatant lie. For starters, Mexico is quite a big country. Crime rates (you can check them out if you wish) are lower than US cities like Baltimore and New Orleans. "The cartels" is a silly generalization. Michoacan in the deep south is completely different than Tijuana way up north.

The only insanity is saying that you actually risk your life by going down to Tijuana. It's not only insane, it's silly and childish.

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cesar | March 13, 2014 at 7:11 p.m. ― 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Whatever they wish*

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Missionaccomplished | March 13, 2014 at 9:16 p.m. ― 4 months, 2 weeks ago

3 police killed in Mexico City airport shooting
By the CNN Wire Staff
updated 10:56 PM EDT, Mon June 25, 2012

Murder rates in Mexico City are half the national rate of 18 per 100,000 residents and are lower than homicide rates in U.S. cities like New Orleans and Washington.

Keep 'em flying, CA OFFENDER, the flags of ignorance!

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Missionaccomplished | March 13, 2014 at 9:30 p.m. ― 4 months, 2 weeks ago

CA OFFENDER says: "Tijuana is just as dangerous as ever and tourists are putting their lives at risk going there. They also hurt San Diego's economy when they do risk a trip south of the border.

If you are craving Mexican food, crafts, or music, San Diego has it all!

Support San Diego, shop local!

You have to be careful anywhere. That's just common sense. Common sense, however, flies in the face of irrational fear and paranoia. If you stick out like a pimple on someone's forehead, yeah, you might invite unwanted attention. Don't drive across if yo u do not know where you are going and how to get there.

How US tourists in Mexico "hurt" San Diego's economy is one of the most ridiculous things I've read from from CA Off, and read a lot--going back to the pre-FB UT days!!! I'm dying to read how he is going to explain himself out of that absurd statement!!! LOL

Oh, but for such an urbane "world traveler" as CA Offender, claims to be, he sure is small-town in his thinking!!! Not only that, but he wants us not to shop in Mexico and buy local, thereby betraying his own free enterprise ideology!!! CA Offender wants you to get drunkkk in San Diego, not Tijuana!!! LOL My goodness, what a load of contradictions this man is!!!

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cesar | March 13, 2014 at 11:40 p.m. ― 4 months, 2 weeks ago

'Cause getting drunk in Tijuana is like, you know, playing Russian roulette. Therefore we're talking genocide.

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DeLaRick | March 14, 2014 at 7:06 a.m. ― 4 months, 2 weeks ago

CD,

I don't agree with your views but I respect them. Mexico doesn't need your, or anyone else's, seal of approval. As I've said before, completely dismissing an entire country and culture based on uninformed value judgments is poor form. I wasn't belittling JM. I'm curious as to what criteria he was applying to support his views other than the same ol' biased rhetoric. If you truly are a world traveler, you would know that Mexico is a favored vacation desination around the planet. That's an objective fact.

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cbs151x | March 14, 2014 at 8:04 a.m. ― 4 months, 2 weeks ago

It's interesting to see so many opinions. I've travelled to TJ hundreds of times without incident. Best advice is realize you are guest in someone else's country. I would highly recommend not being there after dark. Stay on well travelled streets. Don't be paranoid but use common sense. Enjoy your visit and leave time for re-entry to U.S. It can be a 3 hour plus wait at times!

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jay045 | March 14, 2014 at 8:34 a.m. ― 4 months, 2 weeks ago

The homicide rate in 2012 was 21 murders per 100,000 in Tijuana.
The homicide rate in 2012 was 47 murders per 100,000 in San Diego.

Sources:
State Department, https://www.osac.gov/pages/ContentReportDetails.aspx?cid=14139
San Diego Police Department: http://www.sandiego.gov/police/pdf/2013/UCRActuals1950to2013.pdf

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JeanMarc | March 14, 2014 at 10:29 a.m. ― 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Tijuana had 332 murders in 2012. Sounds like paradise, jay045.

DeLaRick - before mexico turned into a dangerous hell hole, I went to tijuana, rosarito, ensenada, cancun, mexico city, hermosillo, puerto vallarta, and other places. Now, I will not cross the border. I know mexicans that live in mexico - they say it is very, very dangerous for anyone. Sorry but I believe mexicans that live in mexico more than americans who like to get drunk in TJ.

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cesar | March 14, 2014 at 11:14 a.m. ― 4 months, 2 weeks ago

JeanMark: why don't you ask Mexicans (and Americans) living in Tijuana? "Mexico", a country of over 100 million inhabitants, is a broad generalization that means little if anything.

Like, really... ask anybody. Tijuana was pretty dangerous back in 2008, but now nobody really thinks about cartels or anything related to it. It's a non-issue. At least no one in any place that a tourist or a middle class local resident would ever visit.

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DeLaRick | March 14, 2014 at 11:23 a.m. ― 4 months, 2 weeks ago

JM,

Who said anything about getting drunk? My favorite beverage in Mexico is ice-cold hibiscus tea. (I'm not a rowdy person, man. That's why I don't need a gun to feel safe.) For someone who alleges to know people who live in Mexico, your opinions on Mexico can be shallow. Mexico is much, much more than the places you listed. Wouldn't you laugh at a Mexican who claimed to know everything about the United States after only visiting Disneyland and Manhattan?

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Missionaccomplished | March 14, 2014 at 11:24 a.m. ― 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Mmmaybe John Markkk was there ages ago as a spring breaker? Fact, is, places like Cancun and Puerto Vallarta have NOT stopped attracting tourists or sping breakers!

MTV Cancun 2014 StudentCity
www.studentcity.com/college/spring-break-cancun/mtv‎Cached
mtvU is throwing the party of the year in the hottest Spring Break destination -
Cancun Mexico. Starting March 19th – 21st, mtvU is taking over The Oasis
Cancun ...

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JeanMarc | March 14, 2014 at 11:34 a.m. ― 4 months, 2 weeks ago

DeLaRick you don't need a gun because you are not rowdy? Please see this article. This is why people should have guns in their home. http://m.wkow.com/w/main/story/111407308/

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DeLaRick | March 14, 2014 at 11:55 a.m. ― 4 months, 2 weeks ago

JM,

Let's leave the gun thing alone. My point about not being rowdy relates to cbs151's point about having realistic expectations and being a good guest. Let me highly recommend something to you that might expand your view on Americans' expectations for travelling abroad and how we project our values onto others. There's a segment called "14e Arrondissement" in the movie "Paris, je t-aime." The segment's director is Alexander Payne (enough said); it's lead actress is Margo Martindale (enough said). It might not be your cup of tea, but it's a high-minded, artistic meditation on how we view ourselves in the world ... and that view's sad reality.

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jay045 | March 14, 2014 at 12:17 p.m. ― 4 months, 2 weeks ago

JM, and Chicago had 506 murders in 2012, or a murder rate of 53 per 100,000. So add Chicago as a city to avoid.

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JeanMarc | March 14, 2014 at 12:27 p.m. ― 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Jay - absolutely I would avoid chicago. Guess what else they have? Some of the most restrictive gun laws in the country. Hmm...

DeLaRick I really wish you would respond, I have never, not once, been able to get an anti-gun leftist to explain why it would be better to not have a gun in the situation in the article I pasted. They seem to live in an idealistic world and say things like "Oh come on, that is not going to happen" but it does happen.

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DeLaRick | March 14, 2014 at 1:52 p.m. ― 4 months, 2 weeks ago

JM,

It's best to have a gun ANYTIME you're defending yourself in mortal combat, especially in the home. Absolutely! It's also true that most gun violence occurs simply because a gun was available at the time of an avoidable dispute where no one's life was in peril until the gun was brandished. We're reasonable human beings. We find a balance.

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sdreefer21 | March 14, 2014 at 3:22 p.m. ― 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Mexico is as safe as you make it. The chances of you being involved in some cartel shootout bacause you are a gringo on vacation is pretty low. I would bet on the the padres getting a no-no and the chargers winning a superbowl before that happens. The chances of you being robbed are much higher in spain. The chances of you having an awesome time in a place that is eager for your money is very high. Mexico is an incredible country beyond the cartels and smuggling issues. Its sites and history are important on a global basis. People from all pver the world vacation in some of its historical sites. If you exercise good awareness while you are in mexico you will have a great and safe time. But that goes for any place your unfamiliar with.

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Missionaccomplished | March 15, 2014 at 4:38 p.m. ― 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Honduras Claims Unwanted Title Of World's Murder Capital ... - NPR
www.npr.org/.../honduras-claims-unwanted-title-of-worlds-murder-...‎
NPR
Jun 12, 2013 - When visiting San Pedro Sula, the bloodiest town in Honduras, it's advisable ... there every day, it now has the highest murder rate in the world.
In Honduran Crimes, Police Are Seen As Part Of The Problem ... - NPR
www.npr.org/.../The-Police-Are-A-Major-Part-Of-The-Crime-Proble...‎
NPR
Jul 5, 2013 - The crime rate is soaring in Honduras, and corrupt and ineffective law ... That body count is alarmingly high — so high, Honduras is now the .

The paradox here is that even an economy can grow in high crime areas.

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iza | March 17, 2014 at 1:49 p.m. ― 4 months, 2 weeks ago

i was born in California, La jolla, i've lived all my life in Tijuana, crossing the border for school and work, if you are not involved with cartels!! nothing is going to happen to you,
i have family in the US New York, South Carolina, they have a house here nothing has ever or will happen to them, is depending on WHERE you go and mostly WHO are with we have clubs there are for just drug dealers that we don't go because we are smart.
we have lots of nice restaurants that we have't had any problem, in my 26 years here i have't or my family presence any gun shooting :) IS JUST THE BAD PUBLICITY THAT MY COUNTRY THE U.S GIVES TO MY MEXICO and thats SO SAD puts is just because the U.S want to control us shopping traveling just in the U.S money controls the U.S and lots of people has not notice that you!! no matter your age you have been brain wash!!!

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iza | March 17, 2014 at 3:58 p.m. ― 4 months, 2 weeks ago


LIST OF RESTAURANTS
-MISION 19/ BAR 20 CHEF JAVIER PLASENCIA

http://mision19.com/
REVIEWS
http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g150776-d2072923-Reviews-Mision_19-Tijuana_Baja_California.html

-CLASSICO BAR IN THE GRAND HOTEL

https://www.facebook.com/classicotijuanabc

-RESTAURANT CAESER

http://www.caesarstijuana.com/?locale=es

WHERE THE CAESER SALAD WAS INVENTED

-SAVERIOS RESTAURANT

http://villasaverios.com/?l=en

-SEA FOOD RESTAURANTS

-VILLA MARINA

https://www.facebook.com/VillaMarinaRestaurante?rf=151348981590466

-LION FISH RESTAURANT AND SPORT BAR

https://www.facebook.com/pages/LION-FISH-Restaurant-Sports-Bar/

HOTELS
CAMINO REAL
MARRIOT
AND GRAND HOTEL TIJUANA.

-ROSARITO RESTAURANT AND HOTEL

-ROSARITO BEACH HOTEL

http://www.rosaritobeachhotel.com/

REVIEWS ROBERTH REDFORD STAYED THERE WHEN HE FILMED HIS RESENT MOVIE ALL IS LOST

http://www.petethomasoutdoors.com/2012/08/robert-redford-stars-as-perfect-guest-at-rosarito-beach-hotel.html

HOTEL LAS OLAS

http://www.lasolasresortspa.com/hotel.html

-RESTAURANT ROSARITO
http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurants-g150774-Rosarito_Baja_California.html

This Baja community has been the choice of residence to celebrities such as Russell Crowe, Bono and U2, Dean Cain, Samuel L. Jackson, James Cameron among others; whether for a short vacation, or while working at Baja’s Fox Studios.

-RESTAURANT BETUCCINIS ( THAT TOM FELTON JUST VISIT)

https://www.facebook.com/betuccinis

-RESTAURANT IN PUERTO NUEVO HOUSE OF THE LOBSTER

http://www.casadelalangosta.com/

-ENSENADA RESTAURANT AND HOTELS

RESTAURANT BELIO

https://www.facebook.com/restaurantebelio

MUELLE 3

EL REY SOL

REVIEWS

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurants-g150770-Ensenada_Baja_California.html

HOTEL
CORAL AND MARINA

http://www.hotelcoral.com

PUNTA MORRO
http://www.hotelpuntamorro.com/

HOTEL AND RESTAURANT NEAR THE VINEYARDS

HOTEL EDEMICO

http://www.hotelendemico.com/

HOTEL ENCUENTRO

http://encuentroguadalupe.com/

REVIEWS

http://www.sippitysup.com/encuentro-guadalupe/

HOTEL BOUTIQUE

http://hotelboutiquevalledeguadalupe.com/

RESTAURANT

CORAZON DE TIERRA

https://www.facebook.com/corazondetierrabc

REVIEWS

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g499403-d2626485-Reviews-Corazon_de_Tierra-Valle_de_Guadalupe_Baja_California.html

LAJA
http://lajamexico.com/en/

REVIEWS

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g499403-d1231924-Reviews-Laja-Valle_de_Guadalupe_Baja_California.html

FINCA ALTOZANO

http://fincaltozano.com/

REVIEWS

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g150770-d3500795-Reviews-Finca_Altozano-Ensenada_Baja_California.html

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iza | March 17, 2014 at 4 p.m. ― 4 months, 2 weeks ago

OF TIJUANA Chapultepec is located at a privileged and important section of the city, right at the intersection of Boulevard Aguacaliente and Avenida Sonora, the latter better known by locals as La Recta. For a couple years now, this area has been considered an extension of the gastronomy district since it is host of signature restaurants like Caffé Saverios, El Erizo by Javier Plascencia, Café de la Flor, Breakfast Town and La Condesa. Also, on La Recta you can find leisure spots as Pub de la Chapu, Tabulé, Urbano Gastro-Pub and Pop Bar, Night Life.
THE BEST IS THERE ITS VERT SAFE
PASEO CHAPULTEPEC
GALERIAS HIPODROMO NIGHT LIFE AND RESTAURANTS

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iza | March 17, 2014 at 4:02 p.m. ― 4 months, 2 weeks ago

THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IN THE LIST IS THE REVIEWS FROM TOURIST ARTIST ACTORS ETC.

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iza | March 17, 2014 at 4:55 p.m. ― 4 months, 2 weeks ago

REVOLUCION (DOWNTOWN) OTHER THAN THE CAESERS RESTAURANT THAT IS SAFE AND HAS VALET PARKING

DOSENT HAVE ANYTHING BESIDES PROSTITUTTES AND
DRUG DEALERS CLUBS FOR SOME PEOPLE THAT WE LIVE HERE EN TJ IS GHETTO LIKE OTHER PLACES HAVE IN THE U.S SOME GRINGOS JUST COME FOR THAT, BUT HIGH CLASS ONES DON'T THEY NOW WHERE TO GO PLACES IN THE LIST THAT IS UP, THE INGELIGENTS ONES SEARCH

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iza | March 17, 2014 at 5:11 p.m. ― 4 months, 2 weeks ago

WE ARE TALKING ABOUT TIJUANA NOT ALL MEXICO YOU DORKS HAHA!
BORN IN THE U.S AND JUST HAVE THE AMERICAN CITIZEN I DON'T HAVE THE MEXICAN I LIVE HERE AND WENT TO SCHOOL IN SAN DIEGO AND WORK OVERTHERE SAME AS MY FAMILY AND LOTS OF FRIENDS

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iza | March 17, 2014 at 5:20 p.m. ― 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Downtown = GHETTOS is not the ONLY thing Tijuana has search the list inform better intelligents do it

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iza | March 17, 2014 at 5:22 p.m. ― 4 months, 2 weeks ago

There is better stuff of tijuana with out coming and going to downtown tj the list if for informed better

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Missionaccomplished | March 17, 2014 at 6:10 p.m. ― 4 months, 2 weeks ago

A 35 year old woman was cruelly shot and killed right in front of her daughter in Tijuana on Sunday. However, it is important to note, that most of the city's crime, or at least, the more violent crimes, occur in the eastern part of Tijuana. The eastern part is more working class, is lacking in housing, and attracts a large number of recent arrivals from rural Mexico. From my understanding of Spanish-language, media, there is also less of a police presence.

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iza | March 17, 2014 at 8:21 p.m. ― 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Missionaccomplish Did you know her? do you know if she own somebody money for drugs? or who where was this ghetto zone tijuana revu downtown? what was she doing there? That not a safe place like barrio logan city hights city collage maybe she just got confuse for someone else I don't think so.

Murders are in every city

http://www.cnn.com/2014/01/24/us/california-triple-murder-mystery/

http://www.neighborhoodscout.com/ca/san-diego/crime/

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Missionaccomplished | March 18, 2014 at 11:45 a.m. ― 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Iza, you think it was random??? That is precisely the argument of the don't visit crowd.

She was on the east side of town, far from downtown. Sooo, unless it was a mistake, she was involved with something. For example, women that are seen accompanied by children in the red light district, are said to be small-time sellers. No common sense adult would take a child there unless they had some suspicious business involved.

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Missionaccomplished | March 18, 2014 at 11:47 a.m. ― 4 months, 2 weeks ago

U.S. model Brooklyn Decker presents her trends in Mexico City ...

english.peopledaily.com.cn › World‎

People's Daily

Mar 7, 2014 - U.S. model Brooklyn Decker takes part in a press conference ahead of the Spring-Summer 2014 Fashion Fest, in Mexico City, capital of Mexico, ... A visit to comfort woman's home in South Korea · British WWII veteran: I can't ...

U.S. model Brooklyn Decker presents her trends in Mexico City ...

english.cntv.cn ›

CCTV News

Mar 7, 2014 - U.S. model Brooklyn Decker takes part in a press conference ahead of the Spring-Summer 2014 Fashion Fest ... magazine, presented on Thursday her trends in a department store of Mexico City

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JeanMarc | March 18, 2014 at 11:49 a.m. ― 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Mission why did you paste a fragment of an article from a Chinese news website two times in a row with no explanation?

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Missionaccomplished | March 20, 2014 at 10:46 a.m. ― 4 months, 1 week ago

Brooklyn Decker Fans | Official Fansite
www.brooklyndeckerfans.com/‎CachedSimilar
Brooklyn Decker Fans is the first Fan Page about Brooklyn Decker. ... Thank you
for visiting. .... Brooklyn took part in Liverpool's Fashion Fest this past week (
March 5th & March 6th) doing several events to promote the brand in Mexico City.

Okay, happy now, John Markkk? This is from Decker's USA fan page. (lol)

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JeanMarc | March 20, 2014 at 1:43 p.m. ― 4 months, 1 week ago

I don't see the relevance of that... I don't know who brooklyn decker is either.

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Missionaccomplished | March 21, 2014 at 9 a.m. ― 4 months, 1 week ago

So you DIDN'T click on the the website? One of this country's top female models. And you WELL KNOW the relevance. If you want to play dumkkkpopf that's a different story.

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WonderProfessor | March 22, 2014 at 8:26 p.m. ― 4 months, 1 week ago

Tijuana is a lot a fun! As others have said, behave appropriately as any guest in a foreign country would behave, do your research beforehand and know where you are at all times, and you should have a great time. Some of the restaurants are tremendous. On the weekend nights, Revolucion is a blast. But there are many other parts of the city that are fun.

For those of you who are terrified of venturing into Mexico, may I remind you that here in the United States, it is dangerous to enter a cinema (where an armed psychopath from San Diego may get up and start blasting away at innocent movie-watchers on the opening night of a much-awaited movie), a mall (where some other armed psychopath may stand up and starting shooting at innocent shoppers), an airport (where another armed psychopath with his Second Amendment protected firearms may start shooting at innocent travelers and TSA representatives), or an elementary school (where a different armed psychopath, after having just killed his mother, can start killing innocent teachers and their five-year-old students).

Oh, by the way, it is not recommended that you go down to Mexico looking to score a kilo of cocaine or marijuana.

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JeanMarc | March 24, 2014 at 8:47 a.m. ― 4 months, 1 week ago

Sorry mission, I don't spend my days oggling over super models, and I certainly don't care what their opinion is on important issues.

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TijuanaCitizen | May 3, 2014 at 1:35 a.m. ― 2 months, 4 weeks ago

I was happy to read the title of this article in hopes of some positive comments and support of my adoptive city, but instead the first comments seem to have ignored the article and simply decided to make it their goal to demolish their neighbors house. I moved to Tijuana in its worst year, 2008, it was unlivable, had to go straight home after work and simply wait the day out until i fell asleep in hopes to not hear gunshots near, because it was a war amongst the cartels, the corrupt authorities and the military who tried to keep control, it wasn't a bunch of loose criminals killing tourists and innocent people, it was a war, a delicate situation. When the city gained peace, i watched how its own citizens began to reject anything related to the narco culture which was popular amongst the youngsters, marching manifestations of thousands of citizens in white clothing demanding peace, cultural events emerging with great success, businesses that were closed due to the lack of american tourism reopened with new local customers, and local parks filled with families on sundays.

Today I can assure you the city is recovered, i have had great success and managed to finish my career as i watched and got to know what i consider today my home and proud to say i'm from Tijuana. Crime is part of the scum of every city and it will never go away, but I believe we have done our best job cleaning up our mess to make it a better place, and now we would like to invite you to see our beautiful remodeled home and get to know our people and surely you will change your mind and visit us frequently.

I can only demand civilized comments from a first world country who seems to want world peace at all costs. You are privileged people who have better chances to succeed in life, and have it over all easier than us in many ways, so for me to read "Tijuana is just as dangerous as ever and tourists are putting their lives at risk going there" is a huge offense to the struggle my city has gone thru even after this articles objective is to invite you to give us a visit.

I have a lot of American friends who will disagree with all the negative comments, so please, if you get the chance, give it some research and pay us a visit.

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