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La Identidad Tijuanense

Julio, 'mano, escribes como si vivieras en el Otro Lado ahora y como si la madre Tijuas ya no te reconozca. Tus vecinos de la cara pálida dicen "home is where the heart is" (tu querencia hace tu hogar) en balde confusión con el dicho tradicional y etimológico, "home is where the hearth is" (tu hogar está en tu fogón). Un verdadero vecino de Tijuana no diría "que el crimen acosa la vida cotidiana" porque aquí la unica cosa que nos acosa diariamente es el desprecio (de origen gringo) en los medios masivos de los dos paises. Bueno, eso y el embotellamiento del tránsito… Al enseñar el español a los gringos, solemos hacer hincapié en la diferencia entre "chihuahueño", un perrito, y "chihuahuense", un ciudadano del soberano estado. Lo chistoso de nuestra pretensión es que no existen "madrilenses" ni "burguenses" sino "madrileños" y "burgueños" aunque sí los ingleses cuentan con Oxonienses y Cantabrigienses. Entonces, nosotros los tijuanenses ¿somos más gabachos que gachupines? Hemos visto en la colonia Libertad, la cuna de Federico Campbell, que se vende una prenda con el lema "TIJUANERO" para ofrecernos aún otra identidad, ésta de afición. Tijuanense … tijuaneño … tijuanero. En fin, ¿qué? ¿Los tijuanenses son ellos que escriben por uno de los periódicos gringos que odian a Tijuana? ¿o los 3'800'000 que viven y trabajan aquí? ¿o los no sé cuanto pochos y chicanos que nos visitan, apretándose las narices, en los fines de semana? Hemos visto por los fallos jurídicos de los últimos comicios que la gente más tijuanense, nuestra crema y nata, nace en el Otro Lado. Nuestros ginecólogos se quejan pero siempre ha sido así. ¡Chale, don Julio, eso significa que nosotros nacidos en Tijuana somos los nacos! Pero nuestra madre nos recibe tal como somos. Cuando quieras regresar estarás bienvenido. Saludos, The Real Tijuana realtijuana.blogspot.com
— May 16, 2010 3:52 p.m.

Home Is Where Cheap Rent Is

Now if I might address the question of whether rents here are payable in pesos or dollars in a manner less polemical than BigBob's... From a historical perspective, dollars have been more common here in Tijuana than have been pesos. Before Baja California achieved statehood it was often impossible for the pesos to make it here from the capital so dollars were used perforce simply so that the city might have some form of currency. (Even today a lot of our supplies come from north of the border, for example, our natural gas and many of our vegetables.) The peso became a centrally controlled currency in the 1960s. This means the president decided how much the peso would be worth from one day to the next. Every new president would cover the previous president's retirement package by devaluing the peso ... most of Mexico didn't notice, but those on the border and those in international finance would take a beating. The World Bank and the IMF were not amused. Landlords in Tijuana who rented in pesos got screwed hard with each devaluation. They took refuge in the dollar, whose value varied imperceptibly. This was viewed by the government as an attempt to sidestep the controlled currency, so it got written into the Commercial Code that all rents for land in Mexico must be charged in pesos otherwise the lease would be null and void. Salinas de Gortari floated the peso, good Keynesian that he is, and the requirement of renting in pesos subsequently was taken out of the Commercial Code. But habits die hard: many people still believe that rents in dollars are illegal. Nowadays landlords can charge their rents in pesos or dollars ... I know some who accept both ... but the lease contract still needs to be written in Spanish if the courts are to enforce it. As a general rule, the closer the property is to the border, the more likely the rent will be quoted in dollars; if the owner lives north of the border, dollars are an almost certainty. But there are still many, many places to live here in Tijuana that are renting in pesos -- you can see those in the classifieds of El Mexicano and La Frontera.
— November 4, 2009 1:04 p.m.