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How Michelle Garcia told the story of Juárez, a city lost to violence, through its dogs - Nieman Storyboard
"The Al Jazeera America piece, reported with Mexican reporter Ignacio Alvarado Alvarez, haunts with its indelible portrait of pets paying the price when a terrorized place goes feral"

[Referring to:
"Mexico's city of dogs: A portrait of ambitions and failures in Ciudad Juarez" ]
michellegarcía  carolinamiranda  dogs  animals  multispecies  ignacioalvaradoálvarez  juárez  ciudadjuárez  pets  photography  journalism  juarez  mexico  2017  2013 
may 2017 by robertogreco
n+1: El Paso
"El Paso was clean and suburban and boring, while over in Juarez, things were grimy and noisy and wonderful. The streets teemed. There were Indians in rainbow skirts, and Mennonite wives in bonnets speaking a curious German, selling homemade cheese produced on their nearby farms. Finches in wooden cages told your fortune for a peso. Native men beckoned in broken English to tourist men, something about women and shows and donkeys [...]

Because of its proximity to Juarez, thousands of Mexicans shopped near the placita every day, including Sunday. Little stores blanketed its periphery. They sold things monied people have no interest in: tube socks from China, bras from China, fake Nikes from who knows where, push-up-butt panties from China, and second-hand clothing for 50 cents a pound (including, if you plowed deep through the piles, Diane Von Furstenberg, Adrienne Vittadini and other gently used designer items from the Goodwills of New York, making a final stop before continuing in bales to the Third World) [...]

young, self-styled progressives ran their own campaigns, and soon they were heading the local government. They were a new breed who had gone to great colleges and universities out of town. The sheepskins of El Paso’s elite formerly came from the Texas College of Mines, Southern Methodist University, and Baylor. The upstarts sported diplomas from Princeton, NYU, Stanford, Emory, Columbia. They’d absorbed the rhetoric of immigration and rights—as well as a painful understanding of how the Reagan era had withdrawn federal money from the cities of America, leaving them as desperate and pathetic as the women scrubbing windows with crumpled newspapers, the illegal lime sellers, the freight-train amputees on the international bridge.

Back in their new elected jobs on the border, these young people came to understand what almost every politician in the nation knew: that to get anything done, they would need to placate big business.

The big business community in El Paso was developing its own new breed. Instead of stashing art collections in their houses, they were donating money to museums to purchase paintings for the public to enjoy. They were forming economic-development think tanks that stressed that public corruption discouraged corporate investment; corruption should be rooted from El Paso and punished."
elpaso  remakes  texas  2013  borders  us  mexico  border  juarez  cities  via:Taryn  juárez  ciudadjuárez 
january 2014 by robertogreco
The Femicide Machine | The MIT Press
"In Ciudad Juarez, a territorial power normalized barbarism. This anomalous ecology mutated into a femicide machine: an apparatus that didn’t just create the conditions for the murders of dozens of women and little girls, but developed the institutions that guarantee impunity for those crimes and even legalize them. A lawless city sponsored by a State in crisis. The facts speak for themselves.
—from The Femicide Machine

Best known to American readers for his cameo appearances as The Journalist in Roberto Bolano’s 2666 and as a literary detective in Javier Marías’s novel Dark Back of Time, Sergio González Rodríguez is one of Mexico’s most important contemporary writers. He is the author of Bones in the Desert, the most definitive work on the murders of women and girls in Juárez, Mexico, as well as The Headless Man, a sharp meditation on the recurrent uses of symbolic violence; Infectious, a novel; and Original Evil, a long essay. The Femicide Machine is the first book by González Rodríguez to appear in English translation.

Written especially for Semiotext(e) Intervention series, The Femicide Machine synthesizes González Rodríguez’s documentation of the Juárez crimes, his analysis of the unique urban conditions in which they take place, and a discussion of the terror techniques of narco-warfare that have spread to both sides of the border. The result is a gripping polemic. The Femicide Machine probes the anarchic confluence of global capital with corrupt national politics and displaced, transient labor, and introduces the work of one of Mexico’s most eminent writers to American readers."
ciudadjuarez  juarez  border  borders  mexico  us  robertobolaño  books  toread  sergiogonzálezrodríguez  juárez  ciudadjuárez 
december 2013 by robertogreco
Cesar Lopez – Archthesis 2013 ["Project: BORDERLANDS: An Exploitation of the U.S. / Mexico Political Geography"]
"El Paso and Ciudad Juarez confront one another like an estranged couple – surrounded by desert and mountains, separated only by the thin trickle of the Rio Grande River. Historically these cities have exchanged many moments with one another having once been a single thriving community. Today, they are severed by the recent re-enforcement of the U.S. / Mexico political geography due to the escalating violence of the Mexican Cartel War. Narcotic trafficking has colonized the borderland region by occupying the vacant homes and structures abandoned by people fleeing to safety. The intent of this thesis is to create new spaces that exist free from the political geography. These new spaces must be a place that promotes a large sense of user-ship rather than ownership and provide an opportunity for of a new set of exchanges and relationships amongst the citizens in the borderland.

The border between these two cities is not some abstract line drawn on a map. The border is defined as the Rio Grande River where according to bi-national legislation; U.S. and Mexican territory is only defined as land leading up to the river fronts. In consequence the river, the river span and the air space above are considered to be a No-Mans-Land. Therefore, the river currently flows through concrete channels built to put an end to the rivers natural habit of changing course, flooding, muddying boundaries.

I take this legislation and create a series of operations that exploit this rule into create new spaces that are unaffiliated with the political geography. The main character in this thesis is the Rio Grande River and how it is transformed into an agent acting as something that binds as well as defines new territory. First, by alleviating the Rio Grande River from the network of upstream levees and dams we can split the river into two separate paths – expanding the border from a single line to an extra-territorial space. Second, the river is multiplied creating a network of river tributaries that will stitch the two cities together. This reconfiguration of the river/border will lead to additional architectural operations that will identifying the disparate and delinquent vacant spaces currently occupied by the Mexican Cartel and subtract them in an effort to remove their negative impact. Once these spaces are empty and excavated they will facilitate the river tributaries as a new canal system circulating both human and river flow throughout the two cities. This will blend and blur the border into both El Paso and Ciudad Juarez appearing everywhere not as a fence or barrier but as a connective network of water that will facilitate active social and economic program. Thus redefining and re-presenting the image of the border as a new experience.

With these operations set in place the border is no longer El Paso or Juarez, Mexican or American space. Instead this thesis offers a new political gradient of national territory in attempt to diversify the borderland through the creation of new spaces. The borderland that is no longer just a space of political subjectivity but rather the river now offers new moments of interaction and exchange amongst two communities and cities of common history and culture."
border  borders  us  mexico  juarez  elpaso  cesarlopez  2013  geography  geopolitics  law  legal  politicalgeography  riogrande  riobravo  exchange  juárez  ciudadjuárez 
november 2013 by robertogreco
The Journey to Border Monument Number 140 | San Diego | Artbound | KCET
"In 2007, I began photographing the monuments that mark the border between Mexico and the United States. My intent was to document each of the 276 obelisks installed by the International Boundary Commission following the Mexican/American War. The monuments locate the land-boundary as it extends west, from El Paso/Juarez to Tijuana/San Diego, through highly populated urban areas and some of the most remote expanses of Chihuahuan and Sonoran desert. The contemporary survey became reflective of a survey conducted by the photographer D.R. Payne between 1891 and 1895 under the auspices of the Boundary Commission. It also functions as a geographic cross-section of a border in the midst of change. Responses to immigration, narcotrafficking and the imperatives of a post-9/11 security climate prompted more change along the border in the early 2000's than had occurred since the boundary was established. Thus, the completed project exists as a typology, with the incongruous obelisks acting as witness to a shifting national identity as expressed through an altered physical terrain."
obelisks  us  mexico  border  borders  photography  sandiego  tijuana  2013  2007  texas  davidtaylor  elpaso  juarez  monuments  juárez  ciudadjuárez 
march 2013 by robertogreco
Ruderal Academy | 2012
"…an itinerant school, providing site-specific educational programs on techniques of landscape analysis, interpretation and design. The given landscape serves as both the campus and the primary text.

Previous sites of investigation include: hypersaline lagoons in the SF Bay, a reservoir breach in the Missouri Ozarks, a channelized industrial river in the Berkshire region of Massachusetts, and the landscape of the US-Mexico border in El Paso and Juarez.

Ruderal is an ecological term that refers to species that are adapted to thrive in conditions of scarcity and disturbance. Ruderal species are often called pioneer species in that they hold territory in advance of more stable species. The ruderal suggests a means of practice that begins with the given. To work from the ground up, to work fast, iteratively and with minimal means.

As such, Ruderal Academy lands in sites of transition and disturbance, places with rich political, historical social, industrial and ecological contexts."
cities  bayarea  border  elpaso  juarez  missouri  ozarks  nomadicschool  scarcity  iterative  via:javierarbona  ruderalacademy  ruderal  space  place  design  sanfrancisco  urbanism  architecture  landscape  juárez  ciudadjuárez 
august 2012 by robertogreco
Once-Feared Medellin A Lesson To Drug-Hit Juarez : NPR
"Medellin, Colombia, was once a drug battleground; today, it is a colonial jewel with sidewalk cafes and open-air bars. Mexico's border city of Juarez has taken Medellin's place as the ground zero in the war against drug cartels. The former mayor of Medellin will be in Juarez to talk of his city's transformation. Juarez residents, traumatized by the highest homicide rate of any major city in the hemisphere, are desperate for answers."
medellin  colombia  mexico  borders  drugs  cities  juarez  ciudadjuarez  medellín  juárez  ciudadjuárez 
september 2009 by robertogreco

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