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The Streets of Laredo(29 images)

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  • City Police Chief Carlos Maldonado works in his office on August 19, 2010 in Laredo, Texas. Maldonado's has been beefing up its force to deal with the possibility of spillover violence, but crime remains relatively low with only six murders this year. City officials say negative attitudes about the city's more dangerous sister Nuevo Laredo have kept tourists from coming and effected the over all economics of the town.
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  • Goods at an import store are seen before sunrise on August 19, 2010 in Laredo, Texas. Many stores like this one formed as an easy way from American tourists to purchase Mexican wares without crossing into Mexico - but tourists are not coming. City officials say negative attitudes about the city's more dangerous sister Nuevo Laredo have kept tourists from coming and effected the over all economics of the town..
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  • Before sunrise a man sleeps near a "casa de cambio" or money exchange in Laredo, Texas on August 19, 2010. City officials say negative attitudes about the city's more dangerous sister Nuevo Laredo have kept tourists from coming and effected the over all economics of the town. Laredo also depends heavily on tourism from Mexico, as people from northern Mexico come to the border city to make purchases on merchandise like designer clothes that they cannot find cheaply in their country, but since Mexico's border region has become increasingly violent, store owners in Laredo, Texas say Mexican and American shoppers are staying home.
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  • A family walks past a sign that says "Welcome to the Gateway of the Americas" on the "Gateway to Americas Bridge" on August 19, 2010 in Laredo, Texas.  City officials say negative attitudes about the city's more dangerous sister Nuevo Laredo have kept tourists from coming and effected the over all economics of the town. Laredo also depends heavily on tourism from Mexico, as people from northern Mexico come to the border city to make purchases on merchandise like designer clothes that they cannot find cheaply in their country, but since Mexico's border region has become increasingly violent, store owners in Laredo, Texas say Mexican shoppers are staying home.
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  • Taxi driver Jose Alcocer waits for customers crossing into the city from Mexico on August 19, 2010 in Laredo, Texas. Alcocer claims to have made eight to ten trips per day into Mexico by American tourists before the start of the increase in border violence in recent years. Now he says he is lucky to make two or three. "We don't even make enough for beans," said Alcocer.
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  • Taxi driver Jose Alcocer waits for customers crossing into the city from Mexico on August 19, 2010 in Laredo, Texas. Alcocer claims to have made eight to ten trips per day into Mexico by American tourists before the start of the increase in border violence in recent years. Now he says he is lucky to make two or three. "We don't even make enough for beans," said Alcocer.
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  • Pedestrians from Mexico cross into the center of Laredo, Texas on August 19, 2010 in the early morning. City officials say negative attitudes about the city's more dangerous sister Nuevo Laredo have kept tourists from coming and effected the over all economics of the town. Laredo also depends heavily on tourism from Mexico, as people from northern Mexico come to the border city to make purchases on merchandise like designer clothes that they cannot find cheaply in their country, but since Mexico's border region has become increasingly violent, store owners in Laredo, Texas say Mexican shoppers are staying home.
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  • City Police Chief Carlos Maldonado works in his office on August 19, 2010 in Laredo, Texas. Maldonado's has been beefing up its force to deal with the possibility of spillover violence, but crime remains relatively low with only six murders this year. City officials say negative attitudes about the city's more dangerous sister Nuevo Laredo have kept tourists from coming and effected the over all economics of the town.
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  • "Vega's Interiores Mejicanos" store owner Jorge Vega is seen outside his business on August 19, 2010 in Laredo, Texas. According to Vega recent events in Mexico have severely hurt his business in Texas which has been operating on the U.S. side of the border for over 20 years (and since 1939 in Nuevo Laredo). City officials say negative attitudes about the city's more dangerous sister Nuevo Laredo have kept tourists from coming and effected the over all economics of the town.
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  • "Vega's Interiores Mejicanos" store owner Jorge Vega opens his a section of his business on August 19, 2010 in Laredo, Texas. According to Vega recent events in Mexico have severely hurt his business in Texas which has been operating on the U.S. side of the border for over 20 years (and since 1939 in Nuevo Laredo). City officials say negative attitudes about the city's more dangerous sister Nuevo Laredo have kept tourists from coming and effected the over all economics of the town.
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  • "Vega's Interiores Mejicanos" store owner Jorge Vega moves a Mexican tapestry inside his business on August 19, 2010 in Laredo, Texas. According to Vega recent events in Mexico have severely hurt his business in Texas which has been operating on the U.S. side of the border for over 20 years (and since 1939 in Nuevo Laredo). City officials say negative attitudes about the city's more dangerous sister Nuevo Laredo have kept tourists from coming and effected the over all economics of the town.
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  • From right, officers Alberto Cortez Jr., Jose De La Cruz, and Claudia Gonzalez speak with a family that claims they were threatened by a subject claiming to be affiliated with the Mexican criminal organization "Los Zetas" after an argument on August 19, 2010 in Laredo, Texas. The officers at the scene said in recent months there has been an increase in similar claims.
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  • At left, officer Alberto Cortez Jr. speaks with a family that claims they were threatened by a subject claiming to be affiliated with the Mexican criminal organization "Los Zetas" after an argument on August 19, 2010 in Laredo, Texas. The officers at the scene said in recent months there has been an increase in similar claims.
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  • At left officer Claudia Gonzalez takes down a report after a reported domestic dispute on August 19, 2010 in Laredo, Texas. The woman filing the report had allegedly received threats from a former boyfriend. Laredo has been beefing up its police force to deal with the possibility of spillover violence, but crime remains relatively low with only six murders this year. City officials say negative attitudes about the city's more dangerous sister Nuevo Laredo have kept tourists from coming and effected the over all economics of the town.
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  • Officers from left, Alberto Cortez Jr. and Claudia Gonzalez listen to a young man's account after a reported domestic dispute on August 19, 2010 in Laredo, Texas. Laredo has been beefing up its police force to deal with the possibility of spillover violence, but crime remains relatively low with only six murders this year. City officials say negative attitudes about the city's more dangerous sister Nuevo Laredo have kept tourists from coming and effected the over all economics of the town.
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  • Officer Claudia Gonzalez makes a routine traffic stop on August 19, 2010 in Laredo, Texas. Laredo has been beefing up its police force to deal with the possibility of spillover violence, but crime remains relatively low with only six murders this year. City officials say negative attitudes about the city's more dangerous sister Nuevo Laredo have kept tourists from coming and effected the over all economics of the town.
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  • At left, officer Claudia Gonzalez takes down a report after a reported domestic dispute on August 19, 2010 in Laredo, Texas. The woman filing the report had allegedly received threats from a former boyfriend. Laredo has been beefing up its police force to deal with the possibility of spillover violence, but crime remains relatively low with only six murders this year. City officials say negative attitudes about the city's more dangerous sister Nuevo Laredo have kept tourists from coming and effected the over all economics of the town.
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  • At right, officer Claudia Gonzalez takes down a report after a reported domestic dispute on August 19, 2010 in Laredo, Texas. The woman filing the report had allegedly received threats from a former boyfriend. Laredo has been beefing up its police force to deal with the possibility of spillover violence, but crime remains relatively low with only six murders this year. City officials say negative attitudes about the city's more dangerous sister Nuevo Laredo have kept tourists from coming and effected the over all economics of the town.
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  • At left, officer Claudia Gonzalez takes down a report after a reported domestic dispute on August 19, 2010 in Laredo, Texas. The woman filing the report had allegedly received threats from a former boyfriend. Laredo has been beefing up its police force to deal with the possibility of spillover violence, but crime remains relatively low with only six murders this year. City officials say negative attitudes about the city's more dangerous sister Nuevo Laredo have kept tourists from coming and effected the over all economics of the town.
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  • A Laredo family files a police report after a reported a woman had allegedly received threats from a former boyfriend. Laredo has been beefing up its police force to deal with the possibility of spillover violence, but crime remains relatively low with only six murders this year. City officials say negative attitudes about the city's more dangerous sister Nuevo Laredo have kept tourists from coming and effected the over all economics of the town.
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  • Cars and pedestrians line up to enter the United States on August 20, 2010 as traffic into Mexico is relatively empty in Laredo, Texas. City officials say negative attitudes about the city's more dangerous sister Nuevo Laredo have kept tourists from coming and effected the over all economics of the town.
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  • Pedestrians cross into Mexico on August 20, 2010 in Laredo, Texas. A decrease in tourism to Mexico also means a decrease in tourism to South Texas. City officials say negative attitudes about the city's more dangerous sister Nuevo Laredo have kept tourists from coming and effected the over all economics of the town.
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  • At right, officer Claudia Gonzalez searches an individual after a reported domestic dispute on August 19, 2010 in Laredo, Texas. Laredo has been beefing up its police force to deal with the possibility of spillover violence, but crime remains relatively low with only six murders this year. City officials say negative attitudes about the city's more dangerous sister Nuevo Laredo have kept tourists from coming and effected the over all economics of the town.
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  • From left, officers Claudia Gonzalez, Richard Garza, and Ricardo Martinez, hang out after working a car theft detail on August 19, 2010 in Laredo, Texas. Laredo has been beefing up its police force to deal with the possibility of spillover violence, but violent crime remains relatively low with only six murders this year. City officials say negative attitudes about the city's more dangerous sister Nuevo Laredo have kept tourists from coming and effected the over all economics of the town.
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  • Workers clean up the front porch of the La Posada hotel in Laredo, Texas on August 19, 2010.Hotel occupancy in the city has been sliding since 2005 from 65% to 49% in 2009, and revenue per room collapsed by 23% in the same period, according to data from research firm STR.  Occupancy improved somewhat in the first six months of 2010, but it remains below 60%.
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