Ciudad Juárez

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Juarez City
City
Ciudad Juárez
Misiones.JPG
Official seal of Juarez City
Seal
Nickname(s): Paso del Norte
Motto: Refugio de la libertad, custodia de la republica (Spanish for "Refuge of liberty, guard of the republic")
Juarez City is located in Mexico
Juarez City
Juarez City
Coordinates: 31°44′22″N 106°29′13″W / 31.73944°N 106.48694°W / 31.73944; -106.48694Coordinates: 31°44′22″N 106°29′13″W / 31.73944°N 106.48694°W / 31.73944; -106.48694
Country  Mexico
State Chihuahua
Municipality Juárez
Foundation 1659
Government
 • Municipal president Enrique Serrano Escobar
(PRI Party (Mexico).svg PRI)
Area
 • City 188 km2 (73 sq mi)
Elevation 1,137 m (3,730 ft)
Population (2010)[2]
 • City 1,506,198
 • Density 7,027/km2 (19,290/sq mi)
 • Urban 1,495,407
 • Metro 2,539,946 [1]
 • Demonym Juarense
Time zone MST (UTC−7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC−6)
Area code(s) +52 656
Website http://www.juarez.gob.mx

Ciudad Juárez (Spanish pronunciation: [sjuˈðad ˈxwaɾes]) (Juarez City), known in the past as Paso del Norte (Pass of the North),[3] and commonly referred to by locals as simply Juárez, is a city and seat of the municipality of Juárez in the Mexican state of Chihuahua. Juárez's estimated population is 1.5 million people.[4] The city lies on the Rio Grande (Río Bravo del Norte), south of El Paso, Texas. Ciudad Juárez and El Paso comprise the second largest bi-national metropolitan area on the Mexico-United States border (after San Diego–Tijuana), with a combined population of over 2.7 million people.[5]

Ciudad Juárez is one of the fastest growing cities in the world despite being called "the most violent zone in the world outside of declared war zones" in 2009.[6] In 2001 the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas published a report stating that in Ciudad Juárez "the average annual growth over the 10-year period 1990–2000 was 5.3%. Juárez experienced much higher population growth than the state of Chihuahua and than Mexico as a whole."[7]

There are four international ports of entry connecting Ciudad Juárez and El Paso, including the Bridge of the Americas, Ysleta International Bridge, Paso del Norte Bridge, and Stanton Street Bridge. These combined allowed 22,958,472 crossings in 2008,[8] making Ciudad Juárez a major point of entry and transportation for all of central northern Mexico. The city has a growing industrial center which is made up in large part by more than 300 maquiladoras (assembly plants) located in and around the city. According to a 2007 New York Times article, Ciudad Juárez "is now absorbing more new industrial real estate space than any other North American city."[4] In 2008, fDi Magazine designated Ciudad Juárez "The City of the Future."[9] In 2011, the State of Chihuahua appointed "Heroica" to Ciudad Juárez. It will only be a symbolic connotation and for promotional purposes in response to the role of this town during the Mexican Revolution. The name of this city remains the same. This year the "maquilas" have already generated 10,000 new jobs for a total of 19 factories located in Ciudad Juárez.[10]


History[edit]

A painting of the Guadalupe Mission in the 1850s
Juárez mission and cathedral.

In 1659, as Spanish explorers sought a route through the southern Rocky Mountains, the Franciscan Friar García de San Francisco founded Ciudad Juárez as Paso del Norte ("North Pass"). The Mission de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe became the first permanent Spanish development in the area. The Native American population was already located there. The Franciscan friars established a community that grew in importance as commerce between Santa Fe and Chihuahua passed through it. The wood for the bridge across the Rio Grande first came from Santa Fe, New Mexico in the 18th century. The original population of Suma, Jumano and immigrants brought by the Spanish as slaves from Central New Spain grew around the mission. In 1680 during the Pueblo Revolt, some members of the Tigua branch of the Pueblo became refugees from the conflict and a Mission was established for them in Ysleta del Paso del Norte. Other colonial era settlements included Senecú, Real de San Lorenzo, and the Presidio de San José. The population of the entire district reached some 5,000 around 1750, when the Apache attacked the other native towns around the missions. The 1848 Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo established the Rio Grande as the border between Mexico and the United States, separating the settlements on the north bank of the river from the rest of the town.

Benito Juarez monument located in central Juarez

Such settlements were not part of the town at that time; as the military set up its buildings the town grew around it. This would later become El Paso, Texas. From that time until around 1930 populations on both sides of the border could move freely across it. Ciudad Juárez and El Paso are one of the 14 pairs of cross-border town naming along the U.S.–Mexico border.

During the French intervention in Mexico (1862–1867), El Paso del Norte served as a temporary stop for Benito Juárez's republican forces until he established his government-in-exile in Chihuahua. After 1882 the city grew with the arrival of the Mexican Central Railway. Banks, telegraph, telephone, and trams appeared, indicating the city's thriving commerce, in the firm control of the city's oligarchy of the Ochoa, Samaniego, Daguerre, Provencio, and Cuarón families. In 1888, El Paso del Norte was renamed in honor of Juárez.

The city expanded significantly thanks to Díaz's free-trade policy, creating a new retail and service sector along the old Calle del Comercio (now Vicente Guerrero) and 16 September Avenue. A bullring opened in 1899. The Escobar brothers founded the city's first institution of higher education in 1906, the Escuela Particular de Agricultura. That same year, a series of public works are inaugurated, including the city's sewage and drainage system, as well as potable water. A public library, schools, new public market (the old Mercado Cuauhtémoc) and parks dotted the city, making it one of many Porfirian showcases.[clarification needed] Modern hotels and restaurants catered to the increased international railroad traffic from the 1880s on.

The city was Mexico's largest border city by 1910—and as such, it held strategic importance during the Mexican Revolution. Villa and other revolutionaries struggled for its control (and income from the Federal Customs House), destroying much of the city during battles in 1911 and 1913. Much of the population abandoned the city between 1914 and 1917. Tourism, gambling, and light manufacturing drove the city's recovery from the 1920s until the 1940s. A series of mayors in the 1940s–1960s, like Carlos Villareal and René Mascareñas Miranda, ushered in a period of high growth and development predicated on the PRONAF border industrialization development program. A beautification program spruced up the city center, building a series of arched porticos around the main square, as well as neo-colonial façades for main public buildings such as the city health clinic, the central fire station, and city hall. The Cathedral, built in the 1950s, gave the city center the flavor of central Mexico, with its carved towers and elegant dome, but structural problems required its remodeling in the 1970s. The city's population reached some 400,000 by 1970.

View of the Plaza De La Mexicanidad in north central Juarez

Juárez has grown substantially in recent decades due to a large influx of people moving into the city in search of jobs with the maquiladoras. As of 2014 more technological firms have moved to the city, such as the Delphi Corporation Technical Center, the largest in the Western Hemisphere, which employs over 2,000 engineers. Large slum housing communities called colonias have become extensive.

Juárez has gained further notoriety because of violence[11] and as a major center of narcotics trafficking linked to the powerful Juárez Cartel, and for more than 1000 unsolved murders of young women from 1993 to 2003. Unfortunately, because of widely alleged police complicity (and perhaps even participation on the part of police and government officials and local elites), the serial murders continue and most of them remain unsolved, though the number of homicides has plunged since 2004 despite the increase of population. As a result of the murders, Juárez (along with the capital of the state, Chihuahua, Chih.) has become a center for protest against sexual violence throughout Mexico.[12] Meanwhile, many continue working to maintain a positive image of Ciudad Juárez. Songs "Juarez" by the music artist Tori Amos and "Invalid Litter Dept." by At the Drive-In refer to Ciudad Juárez and its murdered women. A giant Mexican flag, bandera monumental, was erected in Chamizal Park on June 26, 1997.

Climate[edit]

Due to its location in the Chihuahuan Desert, Ciudad Juárez has an arid climate (Köppen: BWh). Seasons are distinct, with hot summers, cool springs and autumns, and cold winters. Summer average high is 35 °C (95 °F) with lows of 21 °C (70 °F). Winter highs average 14 °C (57 °F) with lows of 0 °C (32 °F). Because of the high altitude Ciudad Juárez is cooler than other desert cities in Mexico. Rain falls mainly in summer. Snowfalls occurs occasionally (4 times a year), between November and March. The record high is 49 °C (120 °F) and the record low is −27 °C (−17 °F).


Climate data for Ciudad Juárez — 1,135 metres (3,724 ft)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 28.0
(82.4)
30.0
(86)
33.0
(91.4)
39.0
(102.2)
42.0
(107.6)
49.0
(120.2)
47.3
(117.1)
41.5
(106.7)
41.0
(105.8)
38.0
(100.4)
32.0
(89.6)
34.0
(93.2)
49.0
(120.2)
Average high °C (°F) 14.7
(58.5)
18.0
(64.4)
21.6
(70.9)
26.6
(79.9)
31.3
(88.3)
35.7
(96.3)
35.4
(95.7)
34.2
(93.6)
31.1
(88)
25.9
(78.6)
19.4
(66.9)
15.8
(60.4)
25.8
(78.4)
Daily mean °C (°F) 7.2
(45)
9.9
(49.8)
13.4
(56.1)
18.0
(64.4)
22.7
(72.9)
27.2
(81)
28.1
(82.6)
27.0
(80.6)
23.6
(74.5)
18.1
(64.6)
11.6
(52.9)
8.0
(46.4)
17.9
(64.2)
Average low °C (°F) −0.2
(31.6)
1.9
(35.4)
5.1
(41.2)
9.4
(48.9)
14.1
(57.4)
18.7
(65.7)
20.8
(69.4)
19.9
(67.8)
16.0
(60.8)
10.3
(50.5)
3.7
(38.7)
0.2
(32.4)
10.0
(50)
Record low °C (°F) −18.0
(−0.4)
−27.0
(−16.6)
−13.0
(8.6)
−5.0
(23)
1.0
(33.8)
5.0
(41)
10.0
(50)
10.0
(50)
7.0
(44.6)
−3.0
(26.6)
−17
(1)
−21.0
(−5.8)
−27.0
(−16.6)
Precipitation mm (inches) 12.1
(0.476)
11.3
(0.445)
7.8
(0.307)
5.6
(0.22)
7.8
(0.307)
17.9
(0.705)
50.7
(1.996)
49.6
(1.953)
47.1
(1.854)
22.8
(0.898)
10.1
(0.398)
11.4
(0.449)
254.2
(10.008)
Avg. precipitation days (≥ 0.1 mm) 3.5 2.6 2.1 1.3 1.8 3.0 6.7 6.7 5.2 3.8 2.6 2.5 41.8
Avg. snowy days 0.72 0.69 0.57 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.50 0.41 2.89
Mean monthly sunshine hours 248 254 310 330 372 390 341 341 330 310 270 248 3,744
Source #1: 1 Servicio Meteorológico Nacional (record highs and October record low)[13] (November record high, and record lows),[14]
Source #2: Colegio de Postgraduados (snowy days)[15] BBC Weather (sun only).[16]

Demographics[edit]

Satellite picture of Ciudad Juárez and El Paso.
Historical population
Year Pop.   ±%  
1990 789,522 —    
1995 995,770 +26.1%
2000 1,187,275 +19.2%
2005 1,301,452 +9.6%
2010 1,321,004 +1.5%
2013 1,506,198 +14.0%
[17]

The average annual growth in population over a 10-year period [1990–2000] was 5.3%.[18] According to the 2010 population census, the city had 1,321,004 inhabitants, while the municipality had 1,332,131 inhabitants. During the last decades the city has received migrants from Mexico's interior, some figures state that 32% of the city's population originate outside the state of Chihuahua, mainly from the states of Durango (9.9%), Coahuila (6.3%), Veracruz (3.7%) and Zacatecas (3.5%), as well as from Mexico City (1.7%).[18] Though most new residents are Mexican, some also immigrate from Central American countries, such as Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua.[citation needed]

However, a March 2009 article noted there has been a mass exodus of people who could afford to leave the city due to the ongoing violence from the Mexican Drug War. The article quoted a city planning department estimate of over 116,000 abandoned homes, which could roughly be the equivalent of 400,000 people who have left the city due to the violence.[19] An article in The Guardian in September 2010 says of Ciudad Juárez – "About 10,670 businesses – 40% of the total – have shut. A study by the city's university found that 116,000 houses have been abandoned and 230,000 people have left."[20]

Cityscape[edit]

Replica of the Arc de Triomphe marking the entrance of the exclusive Campos Eliseos residential community. In the background, Hospital Ángeles

Ciudad Juarez has many very affluent neighborhoods like Campestre, Campos Eliseos and Rivera del Bravo. Other neighborhoods like Anapra, Chaveña and Anahuac, would be considered more marginal neighborhoods. The rest of the Juarez neighborhoods tend to be middle to working class like Infonavit, Misiones, Valle de Juarez, Lindavista, Altavista, Guadalajara, Galeana, Flores Magon, Mariano Escobedo, Los Nogales and Independencia.

Economy[edit]

The El Paso Regional Economic Development Corporation indicated that Ciudad Juárez is the metropolis absorbing "more new industrial real estate space than any other North American city."[21] The Financial Times Group through its publication The Foreign Direct Investment Magazine ranked Ciudad Juárez as the "City of the Future" for 2007–2008.[22] The Ciudad Juárez-El Paso area is a major manufacturing center. ADC Telecommunications, Electrolux, Bosch, Foxconn, Flextronics, Lexmark, Delphi, Visteon, Johnson Controls, Lear, Boeing, Cardinal Health, Yazaki, Sumitomo, and Siemens are some of the foreign companies that have chosen Ciudad Juárez for their business operation.[23]

The Mexican state of Chihuahua is frequently among the top five states in Mexico with the most foreign investment.[24] Many foreign retail, banking, and fast-food businesses have locations within Juarez, with examples including Sears, Starbucks, Wendy's, Denny's, McDonald's, Scotiabank, Burger King, Walmart, Little Caesars, and HSBC.

Transportation[edit]

BRT system[edit]

Interior at a ViveBus BRT station

The ViveBus BRT system opened to the public in November 2013 with the first route of five planned. The project was made a reality with the collaboration of the local municipal government, the private enterprise of Integradora de Transporte de Juarez (INTRA) as well as other city government agencies. Studies have shown that the current bus system averages 8 mph (13 km/h) while the new system is projected to average 16 mph (26 km/h). The BRT system studies conducted by the Instituto Municipal de Investigacion Y Planeacion project a daily ridership of 40,000.

The first of the five routes opened to users in late 2013 and is officially named Presidencia-Tierra Nueva and has 34 stations distributed along the north to south corridor. The route starts at Avenida Francisco Villa, follows north to Eje Vial Norte-Sur then veers left at Zaragoza Blvd. and ends at Avenida Independencia and the elevated Carretera Federal 2.

Airport[edit]

The city is served by Abraham Gonzalez International Airport, with flights to several Mexican cities. It accommodates national and international air traffic for the city. In 2011, Abraham González International Airport handled 673,364 passengers and in 2012 it handled 699,394. Nearby El Paso Airport handles flights to cities within the United States.

In 2013, Volaris initiated over 25 weekly flights departing Ciudad Juarez.[25]

Tunel going underneath the Paso Del Norte Bridge

International border crossings[edit]

The first bridge to cross the Rio Grande at El Paso del Norte was built in the time of Nueva España, over 250 years ago, from wood hauled in from Santa Fe.[26] Today, this bridge is honored by the modern Santa Fe Street Bridge, and Santa Fe Street in downtown El Paso.

Several bridges serve the El Paso–Ciudad Juárez area in addition to the Paso Del Norte Bridge also known as the Santa Fe Street Bridge, including the Bridge of the Americas, Stanton Street Bridge, and the Ysleta Bridge also known as the Zaragoza Bridge.

There is also a land crossing at nearby Santa Teresa, New Mexico, and the Fabens-Caseta International Bridge in nearby Fabens, Texas.

Education[edit]

According to the latest estimates, the literacy rate in the city is in line with the national average: 97.3% of people above 15 years old are able to read and write.[18]

Juárez has three public and two private universities. The Instituto Tecnológico de Ciudad Juárez (ITCJ), founded in 1964, became the first public institution of higher education in the city. The Autonomous University of Ciudad Juárez (Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez, UACJ), founded in 1968, is the largest university in the city. It has several locations inside of the city including the Institute of Biomedical Sciences (Instituto de Ciencias Biomédicas, ICB), the Institute of Social and Administrative Sciences (Instituto de Ciencias Sociales y Administrativas, ICSA), the Institute of Architecture, Design and Art (Instituto de Arquitectura, Diseño y Arte, IADA), the Institute of Engineering and Technology (Instituto de Ingeniería y Tecnología, IIT) and the University City (Ciudad Universitaria, CU) located in the southern part of Ciudad Juárez. The IADA and IIT share the same location appearing to be a single institute where the students from both institutes share facilities as buildings or classrooms with the exception of the laboratories of Engineering and the laboratories of Architecture, Design and Arts. The UACJ also has spaces for Fine Arts and Sports.

These latter services are considered among the best because they recluse nearly 30,000 participants in sports such as swimming, racquetball, basketball and gymnastics, and arts such as Classical Ballet, Drama, Modern Dance, Hawaiian and Polynesian Dances, Folk dance, Music and Flamenco. The Faculty of Political and Social Sciences of the Autonomous University of Chihuahua (Universidad Autónoma de Chihuahua, UACH) which has delivered 70% of the city's media and news crew, is located in the city. The local campuses of the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) and the Autonomous University of Durango (UAD) are private universities. The Monterrey Institute of Technology opened its campus in 1983. It is ranked as "third best" among other campuses of the institution, after the Garza Sada campus in Monterrey and the Santa Fe campus in Mexico City.

The main institutions in Ciudad Juárez are the Instituto Latinoamericano, a Catholic school directed from Spain, one of the colleges managed by the company founded by Spanish mystic Teresa de Avila, by direct order of the Pope to revert the effects of Protestantism in Spain; The Colegio Iberoamericano, The Middle School and High School of the ITESM, the Teresa de Avila, the Instituto Mexico.

Places of interest[edit]

Lake view from Parque Central
Central Park.
Sand dunes of Samalayuca
Revolution on the Border Museum (MUREF)
Museum La Rodadora
  • Parque Central Hermanos Escobar(Hermanos Escobar Central Park): Second park in the city by popularity (largest and famous). It's a family-oriented recreational area located 10 miles (20 km) south of the US-Mexico border.
  • Monumento a la Mexicanidad (Monument to the Mexicanity): A large park in northern Juarez, where is located the tallest structure of te city: The Monument to the Mexicanity or La X de Juárez (Juarez' X), because of its form. Opened in May 2013, with a very large opening festival named X Fest, where 4 international-famous artists gave a concert (Alondra de la Parra, Natalia Lafourcade, Ely Guerra and Denisse Gutiérrez with an orchestra, and Juan Gabriel singing a cappella). Also, the state of Chihuahua governor, César Duarte Jáquez and Juarez' mayor, Héctor Murguía were in the event.
  • Mercado Juárez (Juarez Market): Is a large square where you find traditional Mexican things and Juarez souvenirs.
  • Antigua Presidencia Municipal (Old City Hall): The present façade dates from the 1940s, features carved chiluca stone and red volcanic tezontle, with originally fine woods. Site of many historic events. The older adobe building beneath the façade dates from the 18th century, and was known as the Casas Consistoriales.
  • Misión de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe: The oldest standing building in Juárez, from the 17th century. Continuously used by the Catholic Church, restored in 1970s.
  • Chaveña Fountain: rustic carved stone fountain built in the 19th century in the Chaveña district, catalogued by the INAH. Built in 1895.
  • Benito Juárez Monument: Carrara marble pediment, chiluca stone column, and Italian and Mexican bronzes, commissioned by national subscription in 1906, restored in 1930 after the revolution, with fountains and flower beds. Elegant Porfirian structure.
  • Federal Customs House: At the intersection of Juárez and 16 September, built during the Porfiriato, site of the Díaz-Taft 1909 Summit. Houses INAH museum of local and regional history.
  • Sand Dunes of Samalayuca: Perfect for practice sandboarding, and more extreme sports.
  • Centro Escolar Revolución: Designed by Mexico City architect Obregón y Santacilia, commissioned by President Lázaro Cárdenas, this elegant art déco structure in the Chaveña neighborhood features beautiful stained glass windows, inlaid floors, and a bust of Cárdenas in its interior. Completed in 1939.
  • Auditorio Civico Benito Juárez: The local theater for the arts.
  • Auditorio Municipal: The new state of the art theater built behind the UACJ Institute of Biomedical Sciences.
  • PRONAF Zone: Old touristic zone of the city, where there are bars, museums, shops, restaurants, entertainment, and also many hotels. In the PRONAF Zone, we can find bars such as La Mulata, Cafe Dali, Don Quintin, San Martin, The News, Ole Bar Chamucos, among others.
  • Benito Juárez Olympic Stadium : Home of the local soccer team Los Indios (The Indians) with a capacity of 21,000 people.
  • Juárez Avenue: Bars and shops.
  • Chamizal Federal Public Park: Most important and largest park of the city. Green area of the city, that consist of a park of over 40 acres (16 ha) with jogging trails, swings and recreational areas, which was once shared by El Paso and Juárez, was given back to Mexico by J.F.K in the early 1960s.
  • Museo de la Revolución en la Frontera MUREF (Revolution in the Border Museum): Most important museum in the city, that shows many things, pieces, pictures, weapons, and clothes used in the Mexican Revolution. Also, oriented to the history of Juarez.
  • Chamizal Archaeological Museum: Located in the center of the Chamizal Park. As the name says, it's oriented to the archaeological history of Mexico, showing many replicas of things made by most important Mexican cultures, like aztecs, mayans, and olmecs.
  • INBA Museum: Modern Art Museum of Juarez by the INBA.
  • La Rodadora Museum: Largest child-oriented museum in the state of Chihuahua, opened in 2012.
  • San Agustín Regional Museum: Museum in the town of San Agustin in the Valle de Juarez, where pieces are very old, for example fossils, remains of mammoth, as well as antique pieces from several decades ago.
  • Paso del Norte Cultural Center: (Opened on December 2006 and has been home of the Festival Internacional Chihuahua since).
  • Las Misiones, Galerias Tec, Plaza Juárez, Las Torres, Plaza Sendero, Gran Patio Zaragoza, Rio Grande and Plaza Monumental: shopping malls.
  • Xtremo Park: The largest extreme park in Juarez and El Paso.
  • Cibeles Convention Center: Most important convention center in the city.

Sport[edit]

Association football is the most popular sport in Juárez. A local professional football team was the Indios de Ciudad Juárez, which entered the Mexican First Division for the first time in 2008 but was relegated and later was denied a license for 2012 due to its financial woes, and has been disbanded. Ciudad Juárez served as host to the CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament in 2008.

Baseball, basketball, tennis, and American football are also popular, most of which are played at the high schools and university level. The Indios rent the stadium Estadio Olímpico Benito Juárez. Juárez has 2 large stadiums: Estadio Olímpico Benito Juárez and Estadio 20 de Noviembre, and smaller ones for baseball and different activities. Mountain biking is also popular, with the Chupacabras 100 km race held annually in Juárez.

Near the Cordova International Bridge is a large combination bmx and skatepark, Parque Extremo. This park features a 20,000-square-foot (1,900 m2) concrete area with multiple ramps, rails, boxes, etc., and a 7,000-square-foot (650 m2) dirt area with ramps and tracks for bmx riding. It is much larger than the skate parks in nearby cities El Paso, Texas, and Las Cruces, New Mexico.

In 2011, Juarez hosted the X Pan American Cup women's volleyball, where Brazil was the winner.

In 2012 hosted the XI Pan American Cup women's volleyball, where now United States was winner.

Government[edit]

The city is governed by a municipal president and an eighteen seat council. The current president is Enrique Serrano Escobar, an affiliate of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI). Six national parties are represented on the council: the PRI, the National Action Party(Mexico), Ecologist Green Party of Mexico, Party of the Democratic Revolution, Labor Party and the New Alliance Party.[27]

Crime and safety[edit]

Crosses erected as a monument to victims of the Juárez femicides.

Violence towards women in the municipality has increased dramatically in the past twenty years.[28] Since the early 1990s there have been approximately 370 femicides[29] and at least 400 missing women.[28] Escalating turf wars between the rival Juárez and Sinaloa Cartels led to increasingly brutal violence in the city beginning in 2007.

The Juárez police department had approximately 800 officers dismissed in an effort to clean up corruption within its ranks.[30] Recruitment goals set by the department called for the force to more than double.[31] In 2009, a vigilante group calling itself Juárez Citizens Command threatened to take action to attempt to put a stop to all the perpetrators of violence if the government continued to fail to curb the violence in the city.[32] Government officials expressed concern that such vigilantism would contribute to further instability and violence.[33]

In 2008, General Moreno and the Third Infantry Company took over the fight against the cartels in town. They were removed in 2009, with the general and 29 of his associates now in custody and awaiting trial for charges of murder and civil rights violations.[34]

In response to the increasing violence in the city the military and Federal Police's presence almost doubled. As of March 2009 at least 4500 soldiers and federal police were in the city to curtail mostly drug cartel related violence.[35] By August 2009 there were more than 7500 soldiers augmented by an expanded and highly restaffed municipal police force.[36]

Chart showing decline in the murder rate. Source: InSightCrime.org

As of August 2009, Juárez's murder rate was the highest reported in the world, exceeding the holders of the second and third highest rates by more than 25%. The rate of 130 murders per 100,000 inhabitants was the same as Caracas' 2008 statistic for the same period.[37] Journalist Charles Bowden, in an August 2008 GQ article, wrote that multiple factors, including drug violence, government corruption and poverty led to a dispirited and disorderly atmosphere that permeated the city.[11][38]

Crime reduction[edit]

After the homicide rates escalated to the point of making Ciudad Juárez the most violent city in the world, the city has seen a significant and steady decline in violent crime.[39] In 2012, homicides were at their lowest rate since 2007 when drug violence flared between the Sinaloa and Juárez Cartel.[40] That trend has continued in 2013 with 497 homicides reported, the lowest amount since 2007,[41] dropping Ciudad Juárez to the 37th spot of most-dangerous cities.[42]

Media[edit]

Newspapers[edit]

Juárez has five local newspapers: El Diario, El Norte, El Mexicano, El PM and Hoy.

Digital media[edit]

Some of the most relevant websites about news and politics in Juarez are:

  • El Diario Digital (News)
  • La Polaka
  • La Red Noticias (News)
  • Plataforma financiera (Economy news and articles)
  • Xpress News CJ (Political Analysis)

Broadcasters[edit]

There are 16 over the air television stations broadcasting in the Ciudad Juarez - El Paso area. Including subchannels there are 33 different channels.

CH Callsign Resolution Network City
2.1 XEPM-TV HD 1080i Televisa Regional Ciudad Juárez
4.1 KDBC HD 1080i CBS El Paso
4.2 KDBC-DT2 SD 480i MyNetwork TV - This TV El Paso
5.1 XEJ-TV SD 480i Gala TV Ciudad Juárez
5.2 XEJ-TDT2 HD 1080i Televisión de la frontera Ciudad Juárez
7.1 KVIA HD 1080i ABC El Paso
7.2 KVIA-DT2 SD 480i The CW El Paso
7.3 KVIA-DT3 SD 480i Weather El Paso
7.4 KVIA-DT4 SD 480i Azteca América El Paso
9.1 KTSM HD 1080i NBC El Paso
9.2 KTSM-DT2 SD 480i Estrella TV El Paso
11.1 XHCJE HD 1080i Azteca Trece Ciudad Juárez
11.2 XHCJE-TDT2 HD 1080i Proyecto 40 Ciudad Juárez
13.1 KCOS HD 1080i PBS El Paso
13.2 KCOS-DT2 SD 480i El Paso Community College El Paso
13.3 KCOS-DT3 SD 480i Create El Paso
14.1 KFOX HD 720p FOX El Paso
14.2 KFOX-DT2 SD 480i RTN El Paso
20.1 XHCJH HD 1080i El 7 Ciudad Juárez
26.1 KINT HD 1080i Univisión El Paso
26.2 KTFN SD 480i UniMás El Paso
26.3 KINT-DT3 SD 480i MundoFOX El Paso
32.1 XEPM HD 1080i Canal de las Estrellas Ciudad Juárez
32.2 XEPM-TDT2 SD 480i Canal de las Estrellas Ciudad Juárez
38.1 KSCE SD 480i Life El Paso
38.2 KSCE-DT2 SD 480i Vida El Paso
38.3 KSCE-DT3 SD 480i Life El Paso
38.4 KSCE-DT4 SD 480i Bible El Paso
44.1 XHIJ-TV HD 1080i Cadenatres Ciudad Juárez
44.2 XHIJ-TDT2 SD 480i 44 Alternativo Ciudad Juárez
44.3 XHIJ-TDT3 SD 480i Televisión Universitaria Ciudad Juárez
48.1 KTDO HD 1080i Telemundo Las Cruces
48.3 KTDO-DT2 SD 480i Inmigrante TV Las Cruces
56.1 XHJUB HD 1080i Canal 5 Ciudad Juárez
65.1 KTFN HD 1080i UniMás El Paso
65.2 KTFN-DT2 SD 480i MundoFOX El Paso
65.4 KTFN-DT4 SD 480i LATV El Paso

There are three paid television signals available and 24 radio station signals in AM and 21 in FM.

In film and other media[edit]

Film[edit]

  • Conan the Destroyer (1984) Many scenes of the movie took place at Samalayuca Dune Fields, located at the south of Juárez.
  • The Day After Tomorrow (2004) shows American people crossing the Rio Grande to Mexico (Juárez).
  • Brokeback Mountain (2005) shows Jake Gyllenhaal's character Jack Twist going to Mexico to see a male prostitute. The sign on the road reads "Juárez".
  • The Virgin of Juárez (2006) examines the "Maquiladora Murders".
  • Bordertown (2007), featuring Jennifer Lopez and Martin Sheen, is about a reporter for the Chicago Sentinel who investigates a series of mysterious slayings involving young factory women. (The film was not actually filmed in Juárez.)
  • Backyard (2009), is about the Juárez's missing women.
  • The Counselor (2013) is an American thriller film directed by Ridley Scott. The film depicts the Juárez, Mexico / Texas border area.
  • The Bridge (2013 TV series) The show title refers to the Bridge of the Americas that serves as a border crossing between El Paso, Texas, and Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, where the series is set.

Games[edit]

Literature[edit]

Music[edit]

Notable natives and residents[edit]

References[edit]

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