Podcast: Friendship place on the border is closing

On the US-Mexico border, where San Diego ends and Tijuana begins next to the Pacific Ocean, there is a place called Friendship Park. It opened over 50 years ago and was meant to be a symbol of the binational community that stretches across borders. The Friendship Garden eventually became an unlikely place for touching encounters across borders.

But since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Friendship Garden has been closed. There is a good chance it will not reopen. We enter into its history and its future today. Read the full text here.

Host: Gustavo Arellano

Guests: San Diego Union-Tribune border reporter Kate Morrissey

Further reading:


Once a symbol of binational unity, Friendship Park has been close to forever cross-border reunions.

Raising a wall in the Friendship Park on the US-Mexico border

The American side of a binational park on the Mexican border was bulldozed

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