Juárez: Open for Business

Few industrial centers have coped with more full-blown crises in one year than the dusty Mexican city of Ciudad Juárez, located just across the border from El Paso. First came an orgy of grisly drug-related violence that has left more than 2,000 dead since the beginning of 2008. Then the worst global recession in decades clobbered the export manufacturing sector in Juárez, home to the majority of Mexico's maquiladora assembly plants. The violence abated in March, thanks to the arrival of 10,000 federal troops and police, and economists started spotting the first signs of economic recovery. But an outbreak of swine flu swept Mexico, scaring away foreign visitors and posing a potential threat to trade.

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