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“El Bordo,” the area just above the bend of the Tijuana River, was recently cleared of transients by authorities in preparation for routine maintenance; yet, it appears that the throngs of people, mainly male, have come back in droves.

If anything, the repopulation of the area seems to have resulted in a net gain. Tents and home-made shelters extend from the pedestrian bridge down to the broad curve at the end, and die-hards remain there.

According to police, at around three o’clock in the afternoon on Wednesday, September 25, gunfire was reported in the interior of the canal near the new entrance of El Chaparral.

According to Tijuana’s daily Frontera, authorities said the incident occurred after a fight broke out among drug users. One person was severely beaten and sent to a local hospital, and three were arrested. A firearm was confiscated, ostensibly the one used in the shooting.

Police stated that it appeared the quarrel occurred when people “who dedicate themselves to the drug trade” started a dispute; however, the incident was reportedly under investigation two days later.

Despite the fact that firearm ownership is strictly controlled in Mexico, those who work near El Bordo have noted a higher-than-usual frequency of pistol firings.

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John Kitchin Sept. 29, 2013 @ 6:28 p.m.

Good story. I wrote one similar, but you beat me to it.


Matingas Oct. 1, 2013 @ 10:06 a.m.

Why do I keep reading Bordo got recently cleared? I walked there everyday and I haven't seen a clearance in a few months... Actually the other way around, population seems to be growing. And though it is mostly male, there's more women than you think down there. I'm guessing it's an 80/20 situation.


John Kitchin Oct. 5, 2013 @ 6:55 p.m.

It was clear for about 3 days, and then there were 3 times the usual number of people there. I wanted to write a story on that, and was denied.


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