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Tijuana merchants and shopkeepers along the formerly well-trodden route between the San Ysidro border crossing and the main drag, Revolución, are calling on local authorities to rid the area of freelance purveyors of tacos, pancakes, churros, burritos, and Chiclets as well as a phalanx of loiterers who have saturated the location.

Licensed merchants, according to the daily Frontera, feel that these members of the “informal” economy are another reason that tourists won’t come to TJ. Aggressive and insistent windshield-washers who comb the traffic lanes, “Marias" (the Indian women who hawk Chiclets), and child beggars who juggle badly are annoying tourists, opine some, and the sorry scenario of abject poverty and desperation makes for a bad image of the country.

A more recent plea in Frontera called for the cessation of nocturnal urination in the nooks and crannies of the pedestrian bridges along the route. Most alarming, according to Frontera, are the growing masses of small children who eat, sleep, and live within a few yards of la linea.

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CuddleFish Sept. 22, 2009 @ 9:24 p.m.

pulls up a chair, sits back, and waits for the fur to fly

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whyigotahaveid Sept. 22, 2009 @ 9:33 p.m.

how about the dam bums on every intersection in san diego with sorry looks on their mugs , collecting change from the idiots that believe their sad story homeless, hungry , a vet, disabled. stranded, will work (ha ha ) but the truthful one . heck way lie , i just want a beer

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David Dodd Sept. 22, 2009 @ 9:57 p.m.

"A more recent plea in Frontera called for the cessation of nocturnal urination in the nooks and crannies of the pedestrian bridges along the route."

I'm sort of waiting for what the alternative to this is, since the public restrooms that charge for such services are closed and there are no public restrooms available... and noctural urination is not preferred to urination in broad daylight? (Yes, I've seen it.)

Perhaps the plea-ing party would be happy to donate a porta-potty for pedestrians in need?

I will agree with one thing: "Child beggars who juggle badly" is either the greatest yet-to-be-used name ever for a punk band, or else the child beggars must be made to juggle so badly that it is actually quite entertaining and worthy of some notariety and tips from amused tourists.

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