People are still cautious to go across the border, but many people would love to go across like they used to before the cartels took over. Laredo's Mayor Raul Salinas says, he is hopeful that things will get better in our sister city, but says it won't be easy, "i think it's going to take a lot of hard work. it's been branded as one of the most violent cities on the border." Salinas has met with the mayor of Nuevo Laredo recently to discuss this issue, “Carlos Cantú Rosas assures me that one of his priorities will be security." With all the violence that has gone on across the border, Mayor Salinas stays optimistic that the tide will change, "I'm a man of faith and I think on both sides of the border we need faith and maybe it's time to bring God closer to the issue for resolution." There's a new video on YouTube featuring a quiet Nuevo Laredo to show that it is a safe place. So what do Laredoans think about this new technique to get people to travel over there? One woman says, she hasn't been over there [Nuevo Laredo] in six years and doesn't plan on going anytime soon, "I don't think so. I think it will probably get worse, now everybody is going to be fighting for that power." Another tells us she only goes across for necessities, "just for medical reasons, but I wouldn't trust myself or my kids or my family to go out there to visit or vacation or go to a restaurant. I don't feel it's safe and it's embarrassing to say because I grew up in Nuevo Laredo."
You may remember Laredo had a similar campaign to assure people of it's safety. Blasita Lopez, Convention of Visitor's Bureau says, "we got mixed reactions. Some people that really felt like 'good job you're standing up for you community' and other people that hated it like 'why are you saying that about your community?" The director of Laredo's Convention and Visitor's Bureau says, the campaign has been phased out, but served it's purpose by giving a platform to talk to people, “ as a result, the city has been flourishing. was very, very healthy for us in terms of occupancy as well as revenues that were turned over as a result of that occupancy." Looking at the numbers for this years, Lopez says, 2013 is on par with 2012. The video on YouTube was posted yesterday and has nearly 200 views.