Category Archives: Mexico

Cartoon caper

Comic-Con was in full swing at the San Diego convention center, but for real-life immersion in a graphic-novel-style comic adventure, seeing the Saturday night lucha libre match in Tijuana was at least as satisfying. The sport and the subculture surrounding … Continue reading

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The Mexico Next Door

It was always a truism: Border Mexico wasn’t the real Mexico. What made places like Tijuana most obviously not-Mexico was the throngs of American and other tourists who overran Avenida Revolucion and warped so many aspects of the city’s commerce. … Continue reading

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Vegas South

The first and last time I went searching for traces of Tijuana’s glorious gambling past was in 1978, just a few years after I moved to San Diego.  I was writing a TJ tourist guide for the Reader‘s annual guide issue. What I … Continue reading

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Old Town Anew

Strolling around Fiesta de Reyes the other night, I found it easy to believe that it’s poised for rebirth. Back in the early 1970s, San Diego businesswoman Diane Powers created the Bazaar del Mundo here (in the northeast corner of Old Town State … Continue reading

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Border Tourists

The US-Mexican border is so many things to so many people, it’s easy to forget you can go right up to it and touch it.  Sort of. It wasn’t so many centuries ago (less than one) that it was only an … Continue reading

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