tito alegría received a doctorate in urban development and plan-
ning from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles; a mas-
ter’s degree in urban development from El Colegio de Mexico, Mexico
City; and a degree in architecture from the Universidad Nacional de
Ingeniería, Lima, Peru. Since 1987 he has been a professor of plan-
ning, urban economics, and urban sociology in the Department of
Urban and Environmental Studies at El Colegio de la Frontera Norte,
Tijuana, Mexico, and he is a member of the Mexican National System
of Researchers (sni). His research work covers several aspects of the
cities, but focuses particularly on urban development in the Mexico-
U.S. border, cross- border employment, urban land use, intraurban
subcenters, socioresidential segregation, land regularization, and
the urban integration of foreigners. On these topics he has published
three books and diverse academic articles in nine countries; his most
recent book is Metrópolis Transfronteriza: Revisión de la hipótesis y eviden-
cias de Tijuana, México y San Diego, Estados Unidos (Transborder Me-
tropolis). He has been a visiting scholar at the University of Califor-
nia in San Diego; Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, Mexico; and
Iuav University, Venice, Italy. He has done con sul tant work for local
governments in Mexico and for the un Habitat program.
humberto félix berumen is a Zacatecas- born writer residing in
Tijuana since 1964. He is the author of Tijuana la Horrible (Colef- El Día
2004) and De cierto modo: La literatura de Baja California (uabc-Tijuana
1998) and the editor of a compilation titled El cuento contemporáneo en
Baja California (uabc-Tijuana, Instituto de Cultura de Baja California,
1997). Félix Berumen is head librarian at El Colegio de la Frontera
Norte and currently teaches at Universidad Autónoma de Baja
roberto castillo, aka johnny tecate, or el róber de playas,
writes what ever his heart demands, translates poetry he likes, loves
dearly his women, drinks regional red wines and enjoys music and
family reunions, hates violence and intellectual interpretations of
life, and, sometimes, he likes to dance to sauvecito by malo.
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