Mercado de los Cielos

 A transnational border inside metro Phoenix can be seen in many different areas. I chose an area that I see is evolving more and more with Hispanic shops and restaurants. Desert Sky Mall is surrounded by a community that is composed mostly of Hispanic/Latino families, the picture I took was of "Mercado de los Cielos" which is a Hispanic marketplace like a swapmeet. It has many different  stands inside selling clothes, snacks, jewelry, shoes, etc. and even though the entire area is not occupied yet people are very friendly, inviting customers to check out what they are selling and making conversation. The food and treats are mostly catered to those of Mexican heritage, however, it is visible that more is planned to be built.

 

Mercado de los Cielos recently opened but before a Mervyns occupied that same building. Even though all Mervyns were shut down due to bankruptcy, I found it interesting to see what was built to take its place. In the article Counting Immigrants in Cities across the Globe, authors Marie Price and Lisa Benton-Short talk about immigrant destinations alongside cities and how it is possible to see how the global processes become localized. I live around the Desert Sky mall community and by placing a Hispanic swap meet in the mall it makes it pretty obvious to what audience they are trying to target.

Mervyns
Mervyns
Once a Mervyns now Mercado de los Cielos
Once a Mervyns now Mercado de los Cielos