Garage doors as Tijuana homes


Where do old garage doors go? In some cases, they end up here in Tijuana where they are cut up to fit the domestic needs of the city’s poorer families. Here are a few examples of how garage doors are transformed to provide shelter and protection in a typical lower-income neighborhood.

Garage door businesses north of the border often sell or give away the used doors to cross-border entreprenuers who then re-sell them to residents here for about $25, according to a 2000 article in The Los Angeles Times that was reprinted here. 

The garage door homes are found in parts of the city that are typically populated by recent immigrants who need affordable structures. The city, which draws people from all over Mexico, is reportedly growing at a rate of about 4-5 percent annually (compare that to 1.6 percent in San Diego County, according to SANDAG figures).

Contrary to popular belief, not all the newcomers are heading to the United States. Many come here to work at the region’s international maquiladora factories.

Tijuana provides them the opportunity to earn comparatively higher wages than in the interior of Mexico. The garage door is their slice of the so-called American Dream.


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6 responses to “Garage doors as Tijuana homes

  1. This web site sucks! I’m an American living in Cozumel, Mexico who is seriously looking for garage doors and I get this! Like we don’t have class in Mexico. We get this crap.
    Get a life and get smart. Mexico is a beautiful, country with a thriving economy unlike the US.

  2. Wow, my first cranky message. ‘Nuff said.

  3. They tend to be in the parts of town that are off road. If you drive from Tijuana to the Tecate toll booth you will pass through Otay Mesa (with all the large factories where they make television sets and other electronic gadgets) After you pass that industrial area, you will go a couple miles along a stretch of road to the toll booth. If you look to your left, you will see a number of homes in the hills with garage doors. But don’t have an accident! You might want to eyeball it and then turn around when you can and look for an entrance into the hills.

    Actually, there are probably easier areas to access, but I’m drawing a blank. Maybe someone else visiting this forum has some ideas!

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