Another side of us
Another side of us

The people of McAllen, Texas are challenging expectations about what can be achieved by a majority-Latino community. This is our story.

The people of McAllen, Texas are challenging expectations about what can be achieved by a majority-Latino community. This is a project to share our story.

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DEFYING EXPECTATIONS IN PRESS
McAllen Ranked 7th safest city in America.
by SmartAsset
Does perception meet reality
by CBS News
Ranked 20th safest city in America.
by Business Insider
Crime has dropped, and the Texas side of the border apparently is now safer than the state's larger cities.
by The Texas Tribune
DEFYING EXPECTATIONS IN PRESS
Top 10 least expensive places to live in US by CBS Money Watch
by CBS NEWS
Ranked 12th best area to start a business
by CNBC
Ranked 9th safest drivers in US
2018 Best Cities to Retire based on the influx of people boosting McAllen’s economy.
by DAVE RAMSEY
DEFYING EXPECTATIONS IN PRESS
The 10 Biggest Boomtowns in America - McAllen
by MAGNIFY MONEY
#3 City in US to Open Restaurant
by QSR
Ranked 20th safest city in America.
by Business Insider
Ranked 7th safest city in America.
by SmartAsset
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Another Side of Us is a movement to challenge misconceptions about life in Texas border cities with positive stories from people of all ethnicities, faiths, identities, and origins.

WHO WE ARE
One of America's Safest Cities
85% Latino with 29% under 18
Open to all
Rio Grande Valley - pop 1.5 million
Prosperous economy based
on international trade, retail & tourism
Working towards sustainability
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"ISN'T IT DANGEROUS DOWN THERE?"

It’s a question people from Texas border communities hear when we mention our home to people who’ve never visited. Some fear our cities are the center of an immigration crisis, or worse, are hardy recognizable as American.

• If you’re from a community like ours, be heard.
We’ve quietly been a part of the American story for too long.

• If you’ve lived in or visited a community like ours, introduce us to friends. Your experiences matter.

If you’re proud of your community, share stories and images that capture your heart.

• If you see or hear something false about our communities, challenge it with facts.

• If you’re inspired by our communities, create art that inspires others to think about another side of us.

• Be social. Share your thoughts with #anothersideofus

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FACES OF MCALLEN
We want the world to see the face of a community where Latinos have helped create a model for how far we can come as a nation, together.

These are our stories.
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ABOUT

Another Side of Us was created by PolluxCastor Creative, inspired by our community partners in McAllen, Texas and the Rio Grande Valley. It began as private collaborative project and is growing into a broader community-sourced movement.


It launched with Welcome, a short that challenges border city stereotypes against the backdrop of immigration policy coverage. It was written, produced, and funded by us as a passion project. The project became a success through collaboration with community members who shared our vision, which has opened the door to more creative works in the coming weeks.


We invite anyone who’d like to collaborate on the next steps of Another Side of Us to contact us at pxc@polluxcastor.com.

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ANOTHER SIDE OF US
ANOTHER SIDE OF US
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