Why Los Angeles Is NOT Turning Into Mexico
3. Mexico is not such a bad thing to be. A key aspect of the L.A.-is-turning-into-Mexico oeuvre is the Mexican stereotype of dusty towns, dogs eating taco-stand droppings, and Indians sleeping next to cacti.
Of course, that's just bullshit. Chris Anderson of Wired fame had an op-ed piece in the New York Times over the weekend that compared Mexico's high-tech manufacturing resurgence favorably to China's rise. Most of the LCD TVs sold in the United States come not from L.A., that's for sure. They're assembled mainly just south of the border. Audi and Volkswagen are opening new auto plants in Mexico. Baja has become, in the words of some foodies, "the new Provence." The richest man in the world, Carlos Slim, lives in Mexico City.
If only L.A. were turning into that Mexico ...
2. Los Angeles is experiencing a renaissance. From the real-estate rebound of that most-Mexican of neighborhoods, Highland Park, to the well-known gentrification of other Latino neighborhoods -- Echo Park, Silver Lake, Atwater Village -- the Latino influence has been terrible for this town, huh?
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The Los Angeles Tourism and Convention Board announced earlier this month that a record number of tourists -- 41.4 million -- visited our town in 2012. People must really hate this region of Mexico.
And the number one reason L.A. is NOT turning into Mexico ...