Michael Dear examines the history of the U.S.-Mexico borderlands, from the first commission formed to map and delineate the physical border to the border fences constructed in recent decades as a response to illegal immigration and fears of terror threats. He considers this place in between two nations to be its own third country, which he calls Bajalta, where the border isn’t a division but the connective membrane of the borderlands.
Bajalta California: The border that divides brings us together
Michael Dear is professor of city and regional planning in the UC Berkeley College of Environmental Design, and honorary professor in the Bartlett School of Planning at University College, London. His most recent book is Why Walls Won't Work: Repairing the US-Mexico Divide.
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Michael Dear; Bajalta California: The border that divides brings us together. Boom 1 March 2014; 4 (1): 86–97. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/boom.2014.4.1.86
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