Avenida Revolución, Tijuana

It’s a quiet Friday night, a few minutes before midnight. An elderly gentleman approaches me and asks “Ud. habla Español?” “Si” I reply. He then tells me “los taxistas llevan droga en el volante.” He proceeds to explain how the taxi drivers hide drugs where the horn is in the center of the steering wheel. I suppose he thought I was a reporter; one tends to stick out like a sore turistic thumb slogging a camera/bag/tripod up and down Avenida Revolución.


My guess is more than ninety percent of those on Avenida Revolución on a given night aren’t from México. Manu Chao’s “Welcome to Tijuana” is fitting for these visitors, but there are several million more people who actually live in Tijuana but never visit Avenida Revolución. They’re good people, quite tired of corruption and the violence of rival narcotraficantes. And as I walk down this street with a target on my back, I actually feel quite safe.


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  • ComplexNumber 9y

    You remind me of all the beautiful things to see in my little city.
  • andrea espinoza navarro 8y

    ahh una vez entre ahi una vez que no teniamos nada que hacer..
    no regreso ;/ !
  • Guillermo Buelna 7y

    Hola, soy el administrador de un grupo llamado :: Tijuana :: "Aquí empieza la Patria" y nos encantaría agregar tu foto al grupo.
  • Uriel Reyes 7y

    Genial toma.
  • Leif_Leif 7y

    Buena foto!!!
  • fridomfayta da tj 6y

    Excellent Job! You have won a:
    Burrocebra in motion...
    "Tijuana Abstracta's Burrocebra"
  • ulysses ortega 6y

    Tijuana is the happiest place on the world..!
  • Daniel Cuevas 6y

    Hola !!

    Soy Daniel Cuevas, Editor Gráfico de la revista Mexico Desconocido. Nos interesa publicar tu foto en un artículo sobre Tijuana, a publicarse en la edición Guía del Vino que saldrá a la venta el mes de agosto. Si la foto cumple los requisitos técnicos y apruebas su publicación, se te dará el crédito por la misma y el pago por su publicación será de $250 pesos.

    Escríbeme lo antes posible al correo dcuevas@iasanet.com.mx ya que el cierre editorial es el viernes 12 de junio.
  • AydeeAlmaraz 6y

    I love TJ

  • BECE 6y

    Nathan, te aventaste! Says so much, with so little...
  • EC *will come back soon* 6y

    la revu!!!! jajaja he pasado por ahi:)
  • patrick boury PRO 6y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Light STREAM___, and we'd love to have this added to the group!
  • Keoni Cabral PRO 5y

    Awesome shot, you rock. Liked the write up too.
  • Yacob Mazon 5y

    Bueena foto de la revolucion
  • Gerardo GOMEZ GODINEZ 4y

    Que buenas fotos ocupo una foto de Tijuana estas viviendo ahí
  • Thomas Sittler PRO 4y

  • Jim Pickell PRO 4y

    This is a fabulous photo and story behind it! Would you be so kind as to allow me to use this for a website we are launching promoting sustainable travel in Tijuana? I believe it constitutes a noncommercial use but we will be allowing google ads to run on the site and trying to sell some advertising so I wanted to ask (seems to be a grey area).

  • robert32343 3y

    I love Tj and always feel safe
  • corrleonef 1y

    Thank you Mr Gibbs, for your collection of these magnificent Tijuana pictures. I've enjoyed them greatly. Some brought back pleasant memories like the ones of La Revolution.
  • Paul Sullivan PRO 13d

    The bus has disappeared from the balcony...
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