A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from January 13, 2008

“Borderplex” is a term for the Texas and Mexican cities on that border. It is similar to the term “metroplex” (for Dallas-Fort Worth) from the early 1970s. “Borderplex” is cited in print from the early 1990s.
Laredo, El Paso, and the lower Rio Grande Valley have all called their areas a “borderplex.”
Wikipedia: List of city nicknames in Texas
The Gateway To Mexico
Gateway City
The Borderplex
Laredo-Nuevo Laredo Metropolitan Area
The Laredo-Nuevo Laredo Metropolitan Area (UN/LOCODE: USLRD & MXNLD) is one of six bi-national metropolitan areas along the United States-Mexican border. The city of Laredo is situated in the American state of Texas on the north of the Rio Grande and Nuevo Laredo is located in the Mexican State of Tamaulipas south of the river. This metropolitan area is also known as the Two Laredos or the Laredo Borderplex. The metropolitan area is made up of one county: Webb County in Texas and three municipalities: Municipality of Nuevo Laredo in Tamaulipas, Municipality of Hidalgo in Coahuila, Municipality of Anahuac in Nuevo Leon in Mexico. Two urban areas: the Laredo Metropolitan Statistical Area and the Zona Metropolitana Nuevo Laredo (Nuevo Laredo Metropolitan Zone) three cities and 12 towns make the Laredo-Nuevo Laredo Metropolitan area which has a total of 589,309 inhabitants according to the INEGI Census of 2005 and the United States Census estimate of 2006. The Laredo- Nuevo Laredo is connected by four International Bridges and an International Railway Bridge. According to World Gazetteer this metropolitan area ranks 167th largest in North and South America in 2007 with an estimated population of 683,503.
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LAMBDA Services is seen as an umbrella organization for the gay community in the El Paso Borderplex region because of its educational and non-partisan mission.
San Antonio (TX) Express-News
Rio Grande Valley dubbed `Borderplex’ (September 4, 1996)
Lavice Laney Special to the Express-News   San Antonio Express-News
Business. Page 1E (1244 Words)
BROWNSVILLE - After years of rampant parochialism in which cities up and down the Rio Grande Valley undercut each other for just about anything - and got little as a result - a new era of binational cooperation and unity could mean significant changes for a once-ignored part of Texas.
Officials from Brownsville to Rio Grande City and up to 50 miles along both sides of the Rio Grande see what they now call the “Borderplex.” They say it will have 2.5 million people by…
San Antonio (TX) Express-News
‘Borderplex,’ could be boon for region (September 5, 1996)
San Antonio Express-News
Editorials Page 4B (327 Words)
Before “Borderplex,” officials on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border from Brownsville to Rio Grande City long had resisted the notion that the region should be regarded as one economic entity.
Borderplex, the name recently given to the Rio Grande Valley’s 38 municipalities and four counties, could change that, as it could change the region’s economic future. The name is perfect. The unified front is long overdue. For years,...
13 September 1997, The Economist, “One river, one country”:
At the eastern end of America’s border with Mexico, Americans and Mexicans live and work together
There is talk of consolidating cities on both sides into a single metropolitan sprawl known as “Borderplex’‘. 
(OCLC WorldCat record)
Title: Texas Section-ASCE :
Spring 1998 meeting : “Viva Borderplex!”.
Corp Author(s): American Society of Civil Engineers.; Texas Section. 
Publication: Texas Section, American Society of Civil Engineers,
Year: 1998
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Title: Borderplex economic outlook :
1999-2001 /
Author(s): Fullerton, Thomas M. 
Publication: El Paso, TX : UTEP Border Region Modeling Project,
Year: 1999
Description: [1], 19 p. : ill. ; 28 cm.
Language: English
Series: Business report ;; SR99-1; Variation: Business report series (University of Texas at El Paso) ;; SR99-1.
Tierra Grande (April 1999) 
Heart of the Borderplex
By Mark G. Dotzour and Jennifer S. Evans
Encompassing all of Hidalgo County, the McAllen metropolitan area includes the major cities of McAllen, Edinburg and Mission. McAllen is located along the Texas-Mexico border, the heart of an area now referred to as the “Borderplex.” At the center of international economic activity between the Americas, with three international bridges, the area is poised for explosive economic growth.
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This area of the Southwest is unique because of our location on the U.S./Mexico border. El Paso and its sister city, Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, comprise the largest metropolitan area on the border between the U.S. and Mexico. Nearly 2 million people inhabit the El Paso/Juarez borderplex. Over 1.2 million people reside in Juarez.
Marketing y Medios
Youth and commerce define the Texas border towns of Brownsville, Harlingen and McAllen
March 01, 2006
By Aimee Deeken
Several small cities line the southern Texas border, creating a swath of contiguous communities in the Lower Rio Grande Valley. Brownsville, McAllen and Harlingen stand out since they are the largest, but there is a string of towns that dot the border and “you can’t tell where one starts and another begins,” says Steve Fagan, editor of McAllen’s English-language newspaper The Monitor and its Spanish spin-off, La Frontera.
In Cameron County, Brownsville (population 140,000) is only about 20 miles southeast of Harlingen (population 57,500) and 30 miles from the coastline and beach hotspot South Padre Island. The Valley’s 1.08 million population across four counties registers at only No. 92 in general-market DMA figures. However, its 88 percent Latino population makes it the nation’s 10th largest Hispanic market, according to BIA Financial Network.
Add to that the fact that these border towns sit mere miles from large metropolises in Mexico (with a number of their own Spanish-language media outlets). McAllen (population 106,000) is just seven miles from the border and 10 miles from the town of Reynosa, Mexico (population 750,000). Brownsville lies at the southernmost tip of Texas, across from sister city Matamoros (population 450,000). To that end, the Rio Grande Valley counties and their adjacent sister cities in Mexico have become a metropolitan area termed the Borderplex.
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