The Paseo de los Héroes is lined with a series of large traffic circles each featuring a statue of a historic figure. (Click on pictures to see them larger.)
Abe Lincoln seems a bit out of context here, but not so for Cuauhtémoc, the last Aztec emperor and a venerated figure in Mexican history.
We hopped onto one of the countless private buses that race along TJ's streets for a ride about two miles south of the border to the center of the city's upper-middle-class neighborhood.
Back at the border, the late afternoon line crossing into the U.S. took nearly an hour and a half to navigate.
Drivers weren't in any better shape.