Tijuana

Irish reporters seek out border-wall prototypes

We were approached by federales a couple of minutes after filming.

“In Europe, all we hear is about Trump’s wall,” commented Eimear Lowe, an Irish reporter for RTÉ. “We came to Mexico to find out what people here have to say.” Lowe and Ken (her cameraman) ...

Past the 560,000-gallon sewage spill tipping point

Regional Water Quality Control Board to consider lawsuit

On Wednesday, February 14, members from San Diego's Regional Water Quality Control Board will discuss whether to file a lawsuit against the United States International Boundary and Water Commission, the agency responsible for overseeing water ...

Tijuana's Chiki Jai goes bye-bye

Temporary closure was planned for famed restaurant, fire was not

I never had a meal at the famed Tijuana restaurant Chiki Jai, and now I never will. The restaurant burned down on January 19th. Founded in 1947, Chiki Jai (“little party” in Basque) was a ...

Tijuana rain + garbage + rats = chaos

Planned water outage kicks in after the storm

Many Tijuana residents woke up on Wednesday (January 10th) to find garbage in the streets and no running water in their homes. The state’s water utility, known by its initials CESPT, had planned to suspend ...

Southern neighbors — Tijuana culture and history

Mexican Revolution next door, architecture, slang, poets, books about TJ

TeeJay — Back To The Way It Used To Be At Cali-Max, T-bone steaks were selling for 90 cents a pound, compared to American prices of about $1.88. Filet mignon, when bought uncut, costs around ...

Tijuana pedestrians in the war zone

Calle Sexta project delayed

When the clock struck midnight on December 31st, Calle Sexta in Tijuana still resembled a war zone, with half-dug trenches and seemingly abandoned equipment. Partygoers didn’t seem to mind as they stumbled from bar to ...

Foreign gas stations opening up to Mexico

Consumers happy to buy from companies other than Pemex

“There’s an Arco by my house. It’s the same thing, just with more people in line because the gasoline is supposedly gabacha,” says Linda Goodman, a Tijuana local. “The gasoline liberation allowed foreign business to ...

Deported U.S. Army vet wants in

Hector Barajas takes first step toward suing federal government

A U.S. Army veteran who was deported to Mexico has filed a complaint against the federal government in hopes of returning to the U.S. Hector Barajas, 40, filed the complaint on December 12, and while ...

Tijuana Uber report

Almost three years in, car service has slipped a couple rungs

There is a vast difference between what Uber was when they started in Tijuana in 2015 and what the company is now. Cars were new and clean. Drivers used to offer water, mints, candy, or ...

Spanglish Christmas

Kind bikers, vegan meals given out, posada, shopping in Pasaje Rodríguez, Santa's Red (TJ Christmas beer)

During the holiday season, thousands of Californians head south of the border to join their families for a Mexican Navidad mixed with customary American Christmas traditions. In the Spanglish world, as with the languages, the ...

Tijuana's 21st-century taco cart has arrived

“I guess it looks nicer. I don’t think our customers care.”

The trend to design exteriors of exposed brick and finished natural wood has made it to Tijuana. Many of the new and remodeled buildings have that modern look, clashing with the old sheet-metal carts of ...

Southern neighbors — business and politics of Tijuana

Baseball south of border, Caliente racetrack and the infamous Hank family, Baby Rock, Bob's Big Boy, early risers at Club Campestre, TJ Cultural Center

The Sport with No Clock Mexican baseball, like the Mexican economy, is just a half-step ahead of the creditors. The precipitous decline of the peso against the dollar has virtually destroyed the league’s ability to ...

Border sewage and campground vie for state funds

Why's everyone picking on county supervisor Greg Cox?

Surfrider and Wildcoast, along with three citizens’ groups, have challenged county supervisor Greg Cox over funding for a campground included in a state bill the groups supported. The groups are asking that the $1.6 million ...

Transplanted Minnesotan's daily TJ hair show

"They were trying to touch my hair like I was some sort of messiah.”

“People touch my hair all the time without asking,” says Szavio Raaum, a 28-year-old Minnesotan who lives in Zona Norte, Tijuana’s red-light district. “You missed a perfect picture the other day. A group of schoolgirls, ...

Organ grinders show up in Tijuana

“I never had a chance to use a real monkey.”

Downtown Tijuana is a constant cacophony. Taxis, calafias (tricked-out short buses), and other vehicles never stop honking. Sirens from police cars, fire trucks, car alarms, and ambulances seem to always distract one’s attention. And with ...

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