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Tijuana's Distant Suburbs In Decline

Some 14,000 homes make up Villa del Prado, a suburban development on the outskirts of Tijuana. One in four homes sits abandoned.

Some 14,000 homes make up Villa del Prado, a suburban development on the outskirts of Tijuana. One in four homes sits abandoned.

Photo by Jill Replogle

Gated streets in neighborhoods like Villa del Prado were marketed for their exclusivity and safety. Here they haven't escaped vandalism.

Gated streets in neighborhoods like Villa del Prado were marketed for their exclusivity and safety. Here they haven't escaped vandalism.

Photo by Jill Replogle

Provive, a firm that fixes up abandoned homes for resale, calculates that Mexico's approximately 600,000 abandoned homes affect the value of some two million neighboring homes.

Provive, a firm that fixes up abandoned homes for resale, calculates that Mexico's approximately 600,000 abandoned homes affect the value of some two million neighboring homes.

Photo by Katie Schoolov

Squatters and delinquents sometimes take over abandoned homes. See more photos of Tijuana's suburbs here.

Squatters and delinquents sometimes take over abandoned homes. See more photos of Tijuana's suburbs <a href="http://www.kpbs.org/photos/galleries/2013/dec/19/tijuanas-distant-suburbs-decline/">here</a>.

Photo by Jill Replogle

Of the estimated 50,000 abandoned homes in Baja California, about half were financed by Infonavit, a federal entity that provides mortgages for Mexican workers.

Of the estimated 50,000 abandoned homes in Baja California, about half were financed by Infonavit, a federal entity that provides mortgages for Mexican workers.

Photo by Jill Replogle

After Mexico's big housing developers build a suburb, there's often no continuing maintenance.

After Mexico's big housing developers build a suburb, there's often no continuing maintenance.

Photo by Jill Replogle

Many residents of Villa del Prado run businesses out of their homes.

Many residents of Villa del Prado run businesses out of their homes.

Photo by Jill Replogle

Planned housing developments continue to be built on the outskirts of Tijuana. Mexican authorities say they want to promote infill development and sustainable housing.

Planned housing developments continue to be built on the outskirts of Tijuana. Mexican authorities say they want to promote infill development and sustainable housing.

Photo by Jill Replogle

The Mexican government has encouraged planned housing developments for the working class as a means to combat illegal settlements and haphazard urban expansion.

The Mexican government has encouraged planned housing developments for the working class as a means to combat illegal settlements and haphazard urban expansion.

Photo by Katie Schoolov

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