Border-city idée fixe

Daniel D. Arreola

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Images of Mexican border cities have become fixed in North American minds. Four particularly resilient perceptions persist: a Gemini complex which insists that Mexican border communities are "twins" of their American cohorts; a demographic mirage in which the populations of Mexican border towns are regularly inflated; a Cyprian supermarket reputation which exaggerates the unsavory adult-entertainment districts of these cities; and a faux-locus mentality which refuses to acknowledge that border towns are "the real Mexico." Latin American geographers can combat these myths and exaggerations and contribute to a richer understanding of cities in the region through field studies that interpret the personalities of urban places.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)356-369
Number of pages14
JournalGeographical Review
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 1996


  • Border cities
  • Borderlands
  • Mexico

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Earth-Surface Processes


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