Tijuana Navigation Shoe Store image

A PORTABLE SHOE STORE lends a touch of flair to the dustscape of a government housing project under construction in east Tijuana, where many new maquiladoras, foreign-owned assembly plants, have been built. Cost-conscious firms have found Mexican labor essential; average wages are 30 to 50 dollars a week. Tijuana, for example, makes seven million televisions a year; it calls itself the television capital of the world.

Photograph by ALEX WEBB

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