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.
Keywords: border cities, borderlands, Mexico
Dr. ARREOLA is a professor of geography at Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona 85287.
To contact the author:
Prof. Daniel D. Arreola
Department of Geography/COB 338
Arizona State University
Tempe, AZ 85287
Phone: (602) 965-4794, (602) 965-8313 fax