Only Here Podcast: Building A Cross-Border District
Wednesday, July 24, 2019
Photo by Kinsee Morlan
A Tijuana entrepreneur has built a prototype for the binational district he envisions.
When Miguel Marshall spotted a for-sale sign on a building just a few hundred feet away from the border fence in Tijuana, he quickly called the owner and negotiated a deal. He was confident his development company could transform the broken-down building into the poster child for the future design-centric district near the border that he wants to help build.
Marshall, who is the chief executive of the Tijuana real estate development company Centro Ventures, sees the "Crossborder District," as he's dubbed it, as a way to reclaim the Tijuana neighborhoods that touch the border fence, transforming the region from a congested, militarized zone mostly built for tourists passing through into a place where people will want to stay and enjoy awhile. He wants to help smooth the transition from one side of the border to the other by bringing Tijuana’s creative, cosmopolitan culture closer to the wall.
Since buying the building, called Estación Federal, Marshall has turned it into a hip enclave for young, cross-border people like himself. He's now created a real space tailor-made for the cross-border future he envisions. And he’s not alone in his efforts.
On a new episode of "Only Here," KPBS' podcast about life, art and culture at one of the world's busiest border crossings, Marshall and Greg Strangman, founder of San Diego real estate development company LWP Group, talk about how they're working to build a bigger and better-designed cross-border region.
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