The new Cross Border Xpress pedestrian bridge links the United States with Tijuana International Airport, allowing air travelers to cross the border quickly and easily. The facility includes airline check-in desks, an arrivals area served by taxis and Uber, and a duty-free store. In other words, Cross Border Xpress looks a lot like many U.S. airports, except the runway is in Mexico. The bridge just might be an apt new symbol of interconnectedness between San Diego and Tijuana—and a symbol of changing times and shifting perceptions on the border.
Old Border: New connection?
Jim Benning is the editor and cofounder of the award-winning online travel and culture magazine World Hum. He has served as deputy travel editor of BBC.com, and his writing has appeared in Outside, the Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times. He's working on a novel about travel, love and globalization, set against the backdrop of the U.S.-Mexico border.
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Jim Benning; Old Border: New connection?. Boom 1 March 2016; 6 (1): 126–129. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/boom.2016.6.1.126
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