Awesome Rich/Poor Divide photos!

I have had these two pictures hanging around on my computer for some time now, both from different sources, but I think they are amazing! The first is of the border between Tijuana and San Diego, the second is the favelas of Rio de Janeiro.

My mum travelled to Tijuana back in the 70’s from San Diego, it looks fascinating and I would love to go there too.

The second of the images is definitely the most shocking, such extravagant flaunting of wealth,  sharply contrasted. Who would ever feel comfortable relaxing by one of those pools, knowing what life was like for the people living only a few metres away!?


6 responses to “Awesome Rich/Poor Divide photos!

  1. Loved the post!
    One thing I can tell about Rio mansions that border favelas (shanty towns): they are frequently surprised by stray bullets. In an ironic way, it is a good thing: one cannot ignore reality forever.

  2. Hi,
    Cool post, but I thought you’d like to know that Tijuana is in fact a very prosperous town. There are some shantytowns -but that is a consequence of its success. As word got around that Tijuana was doing well, thousands of poor Mexicans from the south decided to migrate there hoping to find a job. Tijuana and the state of Baja California have low levels of poverty, wages are high, and in fact the main concern is drug-related violence (not economic).

    If you look carefully in your photography, what do you see on the Tijuana side? A bustling highway with lots of cars and lorries on it. Billboards. Houses and trees. Don’t be fooled! Of course Tijuana is poorer than neighboring California but that is not what the pic shows.

    However, Tijuana isn’t an interesting place really. Don’t bother to go there. I went there quite a few times on business trips last year.

    • tinastravellingtales

      Hey Doug, thanks for the comment! I know what you are getting at, I am sure Tijuana isn’t as poor as I am making out, but compared to San Diego it is, and in general, Mexico cannot compare in wealth to the USA. Thank you for taking the time to come on here and comment though, I really appreciate it! I would love to go, although as you say, doesn’t sound like there is huge amounts to do, you never know though!

    • As much as it pains me, I agree. Tijuana isn’t a particularly interesting city… unless there’s something going on like Tijuana Innovadora, which just ended a couple of weeks ago or you know where to look, just like Turista Libre knows.

      The night life here isn’t what it once was due to 9/11 and the drug war, but it’s recovering rather nicely.

  3. Doug Przeworski

    You’re absolutely right. Tijuana’s income per head is about 1/3 that of the US (15,000 USD vs 45,000 USD, give or take a couple K’s). But the contrast between Tijuana and cities in southern Mexico (Chiapas, Oaxaca, Hidalgo, Guerrero) is just as dramatic as that between Tijuana and SD. Visit Tijuana and then -say- Tapachula and you will feel like you’re in a different country. Again, I don’t like Tijuana, it’s ugly and right now it’s a very dangerous place, but it’s a quite prosperous place -as are many other towns along the US-Mexico border. But you’re right, compared to California pretty much anything seems poor.

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