MEXICO: Green Stain of Prosperity

From the gin mills of Tijuana and the cotton gins of Mexicali, a green stain of prosperity is spreading south from the U.S. border through Mexico's newest state, Baja California Norte (the 29th, established in 1951). Along the northern half of the mountain-spined peninsula, water is flowing from new wells through new irrigation ditches, turning deserts where the Colorado enters the Gulf of California into fields of cotton, plots of tomatoes and the purple traceries, of grapevines. Mexican and U.S. farmers, industrialists and businessmen are laying out factories, hotels, lawns, streets and truck gardens with assembly-line speed. The citizens of...

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