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Avenida Revolución is the tourist center in Tijuana, Baja California, México. It is a main thoroughfare of the historic downtown of Tijuana, officially called the Zona Centro, which forms part of the Delegación Centro or Central Borough of Tijuana.
It was the first paved road of the 20th century, an important center of economic development, and a tourist attraction notable for the visitors who crossed the border daily from San Diego, California. The city's most remarkable development was during the Prohibition period and after World War II, since it was considered a center of prohibited entertainment for inhabitants of the United States. During this time Caesar salad was invented at the restaurant of Hotel Caesar. Currently, the street is the center of tourist activity. The long avenue is home to several distinct attractions, from cantinas and table dance bars to numerous dance clubs and art galleries.
The "Revo" begins at the intersection with Avenida Internacional (which runs across the Mexico-United States border) and terminates in the Torre de Tijuana where the street intersects with Blvd. Fundadores and the name changes to Boulevard Agua Caliente, running east for many kilometers through a higher-end business district.
Avenida Revolución has experienced many changes, and is known as the business card of Tijuana, "The most visited city in the world". It was known for its famous cantinas including, "La Ballena", the largest bar in the world when it was open. The city was popular with American Navy sailors until the United States Navy prohibited sailors from visiting Tijuana. Adjacent to the Avenida Revolución is the Zona Norte, the town's red light district.
During the day, the street used to be full of tourists shopping at the many shops and street vendors that used to line the street. There are a few restaurants and taco shops left that serve Mexican food. It is currently going through a major crisis with more than 80% of businesses closed. The place that invented the Caesar salad has been foreclosed on, etc. All this has happened due to the social, political and economic problems of the area. A popular tourist attraction is taking a picture with a Tijuana Zebra, which is really a donkey painted to look like a zebra, but only a few are left. At night, most of the shop keepers close as some night club and bars open. There are also many strip clubs on this street that attract visitors by $1 beer. Numerous pharmacies are frequented by Americans who cross the border in search of cheaper medicines. The Avenida was remodeled a few years back to accommodate more people walking around and less cars driving by. The hard rock band Chickenfoot, featuring Sammy Hagar, Joe Satriani, Michael Anthony (musician), and Chad Smith have also recorded a song called Avenida Revolución, which is about Latin American violence and border wars involving the drug trade.
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