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Maria asks…

can you live in mexico while trying to become a citizen of mexico?

i am a US citizen.. white, born and raised here.. and my boyfriend plans to go back to mexico in a couple of years and if we are still together im planning to go with him.. can i go there on a passport and live there and then try to become a citizen or do i have to become a citizen before i go?

Tijuana answers:

The “war zone” comment is the result of a person watching to much TV and believing everything they say on the media. I live in Mexico, have a tourist visa to the US and would never think to immigrate there. I love my country and I ‘m not rich just a person who works hard and likes it.

I think you can come just with your passport and start the process once you get here. We actually like immigrants BTW Good luck!!!

Thomas asks…

What are some problems with using zoning principles in urban planning?

What are some problems with using zoning principles in urban planning?

Ex. Segregation, dependency on automobiles, etc.

Tijuana answers:

Is your question what are the problems with using zoning principles or, problems that zoning principles can/should address? For a quick review of a number of zoning principle considerations, I would goggle “urban village”. In the description of various urban villages, you will see a number of zoning principles discussed.

In general, I woudl start with a picture, either drawn or described, of an ideal area. It could be two square blocks of land, two square miles of land, or even larger. What would you have in place there? What would it look like? What would be the social interaction amoung neighbors? Then, look at the rules required to generate and maintain that atmosphere and sets of interactions. – These rules become your zoning principles.

For information on how zoning principles affect racial, social, and economic segregation – The Chicago area is pretty infamous with a lot of study and written work on it. But even southern Illinois has some pretty good text book examples.

Another more recent event with a lot of press coverage are the levies in the New Orleans area. Brownsville, Texas and Brownsville in Mexico has had some press coverage discussing poverty, industry, industrial pollution, and zoning.

There are a number of studies and realities with respect to concentrating versus spreading out poverty pockets and/or housing those of lesser economic means versus those with higher economic means. During the 1960’s and 1970’s super complexes of subsidised housing were constructed. This concentrated poverty and resulted in high crime regions. The super complexes have been pretty well disbanded, destroyed, and re-built. During the 1990’s and early 2000’s, many affluent communities found them selves in a quandry in that they had a high demand for service workers (everything from maids and fast-food to teachers and policemen) but their local costs of housing and living were too high for the service workers they wanted and needed. As a result, they had a lack of service workers and the cost of their service worker’s transportation into and out of the area became a consideration in the requested compensation packages.

Many inner cities have found that once the 9-5 day is over, they become a ghost town. This affects crime on the streets, the feel for the night times, social activity venues, and even department stores competing with the suburbian malls for retail dollars. There has been an effort in many cities to include residential units of varying costs in an effort to keep folks in the city during the evening and over-night hours. In general, the more down town residences the more general folks on the streets, the more general night life; general as opposed to nefarious.

Sandy asks…

Where can I find information on what the Mexican Government gains from foreign manufactures in Mexico?

I need to find information on Mexico‘s government and what the benefits for it are when companies outsource to Mexico to maunfacture automobiles. Any suggestions?

Tijuana answers:

Well, having worked briefly in a maquiladora (Mexican word for factory), I can tell you what the list will center around. The benefits are mostly to the workers themselves but certainly the government gains as well.

The prevailing wages go up while unemployment goes down. The US companies typically pay much better. In turn the Mexican workers’ way of life is dramatically better. The companies must provide meals to their workers as well as pay for and provide medical care for the workers and their immediate families. They also provide transportation to and from work via bus. The workers gain skills and education, and are less likely to contribute to crime. Many workers send money home to their families in other parts of central america.

The largest benefit is the taxes that the US companies pay on wages and also indirectly through property taxes (they’re not allowed to own property in the border zone). Then there are all the import taxes that US companies may have to pay, depending on the origin of the raw materials. There are a number of fees involved in moving things across the border that the Mex. Government cleans up on too.

(By no means am I advocating outsourcing. I am just speaking from personal experience.) I have found that information on the Mexican government in English language is hard to find at first. Try although this is a bit harsh and outdated in my opinion.

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