08/20/2012 09:50 am ET

In Mexico's Murder City, The War Appears Over

To respond to the crisis that brought Juarez to the brink, the federal government built schools in poor barrios where they were none, and community centers, playgrounds, clinics. They’ve provided education scholarships and health insurance and given money and materiel — new pickups, bigger guns — to the municipal police, who a few years ago were not just employees of the criminal organizations but the management.

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