Constructing the Cali Baja Bi-National Mega-Region: spatial imaginaries and the framing of the cross-border context

Authors: Christophe SOHN*, Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research
Topics: Regional Geography, Urban Geography, Urban and Regional Planning
Keywords: region, spatial imaginaries, border, Cali Baja, US-Mexico
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/14/2018
Start / End Time: 2:00 PM / 3:40 PM
Room: Iris, Sheraton, 8th Floor
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This paper investigates the construction of the Cali Baja region (California, US - Baja California, MX) centred on San Diego and Tijuana as part of a spatial strategy for territorial branding and megaregional competitiveness. The questioning concerns how such an imagined bi-national region has been constructed and framed as a coherent space, who are the actors involved in that process and in whose interest. The positioning of Cali Baja against other spatial imaginaries and the mobilization of specific border narratives are used as a way to shed light on the geo-economics and the (geo)politics of this megaregional initiative. This research is based on a series of interviews with stakeholders from the regional growth coalition on both sides of the US-Mexico border in the spring of 2017.

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