TIJUANA, B.C. – When I write about an event or restaurant in Tijuana, I avoid beginning stories with rote commentary about the city’s problems with crime and cartels. Or assuring my readers that “…the streets are safer now, come on down and have a taco and some Baja Med!”
After all, if I were writing about deep-dish pizza in Chicago, would I open with a statement about the homicide rate there? I’m reporting on a ceviche, not the whereabouts of El Chapo.
So when my editors at San Diego Red asked me to write a piece on why I feel safe in Tijuana, I was reluctant at first. Do I really need to add to this already saturated topic? Isn’t my current lack of editorial comment on the matter enough?