Unbuilt the Wall

Nogales, Arizona, United States/Mexico

By the world become more globalized, we need more connection between countries rather than separation by building walls. There is about 2000 miles of border between United States and Mexico where about 500 miles are separated by barriers. (Almost 1/4 of the border) These barriers do not bring long term solution for drug trafficking neither stop illegal immigration. The drug smugglers find another way to come to US, and immigrants find more extreme ways to pass the borders. The International Organization of Immigration reported that about 40,000 deaths toll from attempting to cross US and Mexico border from 2000. Reece Jones, professor at the University of Hawaii, suggested that the border is not effective against drug traffickers since they have resources to find another way to smuggle drugs into US. Also these barriers divide the family members in a city, have negative effect on local economy, and create long term damage for the environment.

The free market project try to bound the US and Mexico, share their resources, and create collaboration environment between two countries. If the wall is replaced with a street; the families will get reunited, companies could invest and use local and international labor force, and environmental damage would be reversed. Imagine a street with vibrant free market where innovation would flourish and both side of the border would benefit from it.

The main street between the two countries is further connected inland with series of street that form a free market village. At the main interstate roads there would be check points to monitor the imports and exports products. This way the border patrols and immigration officers would be stationed at the strategic points where circulation infrastructure between countries are located.

There would be housing, offices, schools, factories, and amenities build in free market village. This way the border is not the pathway anymore but a destination that calls for opportunity. People would immigrate to this area for job opportunity, better education, and life. There would be visitors that look for different parts and pieces inside the free market to create their own invention and bring their design into reality.