I've heard that the Sinaloenses (and their government allies) have won.
I drove through Piedras Negras in December. And go caught in the front of a car chase just outside town. Spikes everywhere on the road, and the cartel member got away. Looked like local police were doing the chasing then.
I traveled back through town going to the border about a month later, and the Marines had a lid on everything. Things were so locked down that folks in Texas were saying that the government was going to pull the Marines back out, that they weren't necessary.
Look out for shootouts, car chases, etc, as you always should at the border, but I don't think crime is up these days.
Okay, below is a map, and photos of Piedras Negras boystown. Looks like it's off a road called Padre de Las Casas. It sounds like business has been a little slow, lately. I don't know what the current status is, in terms of business. I don't know how many available chicas there are. Sounds like most of the action, what little there is, is available only very late at night.
Maybe its a joke? Last I heard there was alot of "levantones" in PN not too long ago. I've heard from pretty reliable sources, but not too reliable with the info, as to specifics. Have heard it was CDG v. Z, and even Z v. Z. Don't really know.
I for one wouldn't go to PN anytime soon. Acuna is still a pretty safe option.
Have lived in Oaxaca for the last 8 yrs and I would say that it qualifies as safe. One has to accept that the girls will be, in the majority, short, dark and plump, but if you are not seeking fashion models, Oaxaca might fit the bill.
I walked across the bridge from Eagle Pass to Piedras Negras a few days ago. After exploring downtown Piedras Negras I took a taxi to Boy's Town. Approximately 9 in 10 bars or clubs in Boy's Town appear to be permanently closed. Only three or four were open, and all but one of those had no customers, and the other had only one customer. I saw a total of about six women in all of Boy's Town, none of whom I considered good looking. Half of them were sitting at a taco stand or whatever it is. I asked them why almost all the clubs and bars were closed. One of them replied "no business". I asked why there's no business, and she said the news reports of violence. I was there fairly early, at 9 p.m., so maybe there are more customers and girls later, but I wouldn't count on it.
The good news is everybody I talked with in Piedras Negras thinks the town is a safe place to be, and everywhere I went appeared to be normal and safe. My only concern was as I walked through the ghost town Boy's Town has become, and a pack of about five dogs barked at me, apparently because I scared them, disturbing their sleep, as I walked by. Fortunately, they didn't attack me as I slowly backed away.
I paid 50 cents (U.S.) to walk over the bridge from Eagle Pass to Piedras Negras and 25 cents (U.S.) to walk back. U.S. dollars are widely accepted as money in Piedras Negras. Taxi fare to Boy's town from the Mexican side of the bridge was $6 US dollars (after I refused the taxi driver's initial offer of $10). There was only one taxi in Boy's Town, so I paid his initial price of $10 US dollars to take me back to the Mexican side of the bridge. Boy's Town is too far to walk.
Other than asking for my 50 cents to walk across the bridge, nobody said anything to me as I left the U.S. side for Mexico. On my way back, a uniformed U.S. Border Patrol or Immigration or Customs official who checked my passport told me a passport is now required to walk from Mexico into the U.S., so getting back into the U.S. might be a hassle if you walk into Mexico without your passport or lose it while you're there.
It has been about 3 yr since I have made it to Negras. Would love to here reports maybe some pic about the action there. The last time I was there every thing about BT there was better and cheaper than Acuna.