Is fear of crime splitting the sister cities? The case of Los Dos Laredos
This article describes the change in border dynamics of the Laredo-Nuevo Laredo U.S.-Mexican border during the first decade of the 21st century. While the sharing and blending of cultures has long been considered an integral part of the regional identity, publicity related to crime in Mexico and fear of the potential for spillover crime has created a significant degree of separation between the two communities that once lived as one. In terms of social construction of place, the Rio Grande boundary separating the sister cities was relatively meaningless for many years as laborers, shoppers and tourists crossed easily between the two nations. The integrated cultural bond has moved towards a coexistence favoring growth in the Laredo economy while Nuevo Laredo struggles. © 2012 Elsevier Ltd.
Kilburn, John; San Miguel, Claudia; and Kwak, Dae Hoon, "Is fear of crime splitting the sister cities? The case of Los Dos Laredos" (2013). Social Sciences Faculty Publications. 25.