Ten years ago, the cultural scene in Tijuana was gaining momentum. The economy was doing well, and art collectors—both local and from nearby San Diego—were eager to buy. Then in 2008, drug-related violence exploded, which mired the city in a reputation it’s still struggling to overcome. But today, signs of a rebound are everywhere.
Galleries, shops, and cultural spaces are now launching, thanks to a government sponsored program that gives smallscale entrepreneurs—including artists—access to low-interest loans. “There’s a lot of movement and development because young creators who may have previously left Tijuana are choosing to stay,” says Arturo Rodríguez, the owner of La Caja Galería and an unofficial leader of the cultural renaissance. Here, he reveals his favorite spots, both old and new.