Laredo is one of the fastest growing cities in the country. Between 2007 and 2012 the city grew by more than 13 percent. Downtown merchants, like Maria Velazquez, have been noticing the change.
“They are moving here from everywhere! – especially from Mexico,” Velasquez says in Spanish.
That’s driving a demand for housing. Subdivisions are popping up around the city and construction is booming, but some old buildings are being torn down to make way.
“I’ve heard they’re so old that if you step in, they’ll collapse on you,” Velasquez says.