Doris Payne of the San Diego Housing Federation raises valid sensitivities to the growing number of San Diego’s workforce that now live in Tijuana because they can not afford the housing costs in America’s Finest City. The lack of affordable housing in San Diego is an on-going problem. Doris is correct when she notes that these (cross border) commuters experience long border delays, higher commuting costs and the impacts of poor air quality due to all the stalled traffic at the border.

According to San Diego Dialogue’s studies, there are now over 50,000 daily northbound cross-border commuters. As noted in my previous post, the number of Americans now moving south of the border is on the rise.

The San Diego-Tijuana region is in the midst of some significant demographic and socio-economic changes that will require coordinated action by civic and political leaders if our binational region is to prosper and stay competitive in the future. Yet, today concerns about terrorism and homeland security dominate the U.S. binational agenda, while a growing number of critical regional issues affecting both communities remain unresolved. The high cost of housing is one of them.

Tijuana is part of the solution. Tijuana has become our “Temecula to the South.” With an ever blurring border and more and more Americans now living in Baja, should our responsibilities, attention and priorities stop at the border?

What do you think?

See related links to ICF’s recent publication, Blurred Borders: Transboundary Issues and Solutions in the San Diego-Tijuana Border Region:

Why Do We Need to Re-think the Border Now?:

RICHARD KIY

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