Rio Grande-Bravo (RGB) Cities
Over the last few months a have been asked multiple times what do I think about the border wall? Should it be redesigned? What is my position? What should be the response in terms of national security or ilegal immigration or drugs or guns traffic? I listened once to journalist Maria Hinojosa from NPR’s show Latino USA in Chicago talk about how “we have a responsibility to change the narrative, to redefine the conversation”. She was talking about a different topic, equally valuable. I thought I would borrow that statement for this piece. My offering is different from the wall or no wall dichotomy:
If Ian McHarg, Scottish landscape architect, asserted that “the greatest challenge of the 21st century will be the condition of the global environment”, could we look at ways to address the regional territory based in natural systems? Could we imagine new mechanisms for territorial integration beyond political division? Watersheds are a relatively easy start.
Could we imagine a restored geography based in watersheds that enables a network of cities to learn from each other? Could we redefine the conversation in the US-MX border towards healthier and more efficient integration and management of flows? Flows of people or goods or biodiversity or water? The key conversation then should be about FLOWS.