We did a story Rosarito Beach, Mexico on Thursday where narco-trafficker violence has cut tourism to virtually nothing. We did a live report in front of the largest nightclub in town.
Papa's and Beers is a well known established place; it can attract thousands of partiers in the peak of Spring Break. On Thursday night, it was open with music blaring, but there wasn't one customer inside.
During the day, I walked about three miles down Rosarito's main street. There were no customers in most of the stores I passed. When we finished our live report, we drove north, passing Tijuana, and the spot where three headless victims of drug cartel violence were found on Tuesday.
We then crossed the border and went to San Diego for dinner. The music was blaring outside the clubs too. But they were packed. Beer, wine and champagne were flowing. Expensive dinners were being served; money was being made, fun was being had.
I felt like my evening was spent on two different planets.
Yes, the economy is in difficult shape in San Diego, like it is in most of the United States. But the suffering is oh so relative. Just driving 20 minutes to the south proves that.
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