Tag Archives: economy

Sending Money Home in Times of Crisis (Times Two)

The colorful balloons and gift table in front of MexExpress, a money-wiring store on 24th Street, are deceiving. What seems like a cheerful Saturday afternoon block party–local radio DJs, free Salvadoran pastries and an iPod raffle giveaway–is actually a savvy business move in tough times. José Hernandez, the Salvadoran owner of MexExpress, says that business has dropped dramatically this year–as...

Day Laborers Wait for Work — All Day Long

Javier Hernandez is crouched beneath a lamppost at the corner of Mission and Cesar Chavez Streets, hiding from the unusually hot 10 a.m. sun by squeezing his body into the thin sliver of shade. He’s been sitting like this for two hours already, moving as the shade moves, waiting for a car to pass by and offer him a job....