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Planned housing developments continue to be built on the outskirts of Tijuana. Mexican authorities say they want to promote infill development and sustainable housing.

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Jill Replogle

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    Provive, a firm that fixes up abandoned homes for resale, calculates that Mexico's approximately 600,000 abandoned homes affect the value of some two million neighboring homes.

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    Jill Replogle

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    Squatters and delinquents sometimes take over abandoned homes.

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    Jill Replogle

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    Many residents of Villa del Prado run businesses out of their homes.

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    Jill Replogle

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    Ruth Betancourt bought a house with her husband in Villa del Prado eight years ago. She's watched the neighborhood deteriorate as people abandon their homes and crime rises.

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    Katherine Schoolov

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    After Mexico's big housing developers build a suburb, there's often no continuing maintenance.

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    Jill Replogle

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    Of the estimated 50,000 abandoned homes in Baja California, about half were financed by Infonavit, a federal entity that provides mortgages for Mexican workers.

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    Jill Replogle