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On the internet there are tons of documents that try to convince everyone that Tijuana isn’t as bad as it seems. Tijuanenses don’t want you to believe that things are as ugly as they are portrayed. Of late, there is a video done by American Katherine Sweetman, “Gringos Living in Tijuana,” which includes interviews with Americans who show off their living situations, and they talk and smile about the misconceptions people tend to have upon finding out they live in Tijuana. This sort of mentality is in contrast with the rest of the Mexican population. Most Mexicans are ready for doom and gloom, but the tijuanense believes in the future and defends this ideal a capa y espada (tooth and nail). And now that Tijuana is gaining acceptance, some people are wondering what is going on? They are sensing the lull that permeates the city; that is, finally no one is pouring diatribe onto the city’s image. A change is in the offing: Tijuana is finally becoming bigger than Tijuana.

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Lorena Mancilla Sept. 11, 2010 @ 12:21 p.m.

I am afraid to say that "crime has diminished radically lately", because as soon as I say it, something happens in Tijuana or Rosarito.

But well, I don't know why lately things cooled down a bit in the northwest border region. The war moved to the northeast: Tamaulipas, Chihuahua, Nuevo León are in a critical situation.

A couple of friends and I have been talking about a Tijuana based involuntary movement that we call "Tijuanacionalism", that pretty much refers to the topics that you talk about in your article.

Tijuana is indeed bigger than Tijuana, but what I will never stop to criticize is the constant campaign of fear that made Tijuana the darkest of all the black sheep.

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JulioS Sept. 12, 2010 @ 8:38 a.m.

Yeah, I think it is a bit eerie as well. Though, and am only speculating here, I think that it lies in the interest of the US that Tijuana and it's vicinity is free from severe sorts of violence. The whole west coast is littered with Military Complex goodies. My guess. I am kind of flattered that although am not in Tj per se am still very much in tune with my conciudadanos. Thanx for the comment.

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