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    Re: Cuba’s bloggers are as sharp abroad as at home

    Part 4 of the series “Havana: The New Art of Making Ruins.”
    Link: Babalú Exclusive – Havana: The New Art of Making Ruins (Part 4 of 6) | Babalú Blog

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    Part 4 runs from minute 27.57 to 37.22.

    The Urban Reform Law of 1960 expropriated the property of urban landowners and the tenements (cuarterias) without compensation. For over 50 years the Castroit regime has been the owner of all buildings. It has not allow the people to sell their homes to other individuals. They only could sell them to the regime, which would determine their value, in detriment of the so call “owner.”

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    Re: Cuba’s bloggers are as sharp abroad as at home

    The Riomar Building formed by five blocks of horizontal property apartments, was built in 1958. The building blocks are 12 story high with a total of 1,120 apartments, located next to the coastline in Miramar. Nowadays only 14 families live in the center block. As in the case of the Hotel Regina in part four off the series, the building deteriorated gradually due to lack of maintenance during decades. Two of the blocks are in such state of deterioration that they could collapse at any time.


    Riomar Building and swimming pool, 1973 photo


    Riomar Building and swimming pool, 2013 photo

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    Re: Cuba’s bloggers are as sharp abroad as at home

    Part 5 of the series “Havana: The New Art of Making Ruins.”
    Link: Babalú Exclusive – Havana: The New Art of Making Ruins (Part 5 of 6) | Babalú Blog

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    Part 5 runs from minute 37.23 to 42.40

    The total collapse of buildings, or the partial ones leaving only its external structure, is awesome. Most of the time the rubble from the collapsed buildings is not clear, blocking the streets and sidewalks, creating hazards for walkers and motorists. It is impressive the state of dilapidation due to lack of paint and regular maintenance for decades. People cannot afford the cost, and paint and construction material are not available.

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    Re: Cuba’s bloggers are as sharp abroad as at home

    What can it mean that people should live contentedly in the ruins of their own capital city, the ruination having been brought not by war or natural disaster but by prolonged (and in my view deliberate) neglect? They are not barbarians who actively smash or destroy what they do not understand and value; nor do they fail to notice—how could they?—that the buildings in which they live are on the verge of collapse.


    Collapse of building in Centro Habana, February 10, 2015.

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    Re: Cuba’s bloggers are as sharp abroad as at home

    Part 6 of the series “Havana: The New Art of Making Ruins.”
    Babalú Exclusive – Havana: The New Art of Making Ruins (Part 6 of 6) | Babalú Blog

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    Part 6 runs from minute 42.40 to 49.40
    I believe that Cuba would live again and prosper, and be reborn more powerful and beautiful than ever, and will again be the envy of many. Castro is a psychopath, and has always been one, His sadistic ego alone destroyed Cuba, and he doesn't live in the ruins but he became a ruin.
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    Re: Cuba’s bloggers are as sharp abroad as at home

    Theodore Dalrymple writes of the ruins of Havana in his article about the dilapidated city falling apart.

    The city is like a great set of Bach variations on the theme of urban decay. The stucco has given way to mold; roofs have gone, replaced by corrugated iron; shutters have crumbled into sawdust; paint is a phenomenon of the past; staircases end in precipices; windows lack glass; doors are off their hinges; interior walls have collapsed; wooden props support, though not with any degree of assurance, all kinds of structures; ancient electrical wiring emerges from walls, like worms from cheese; wrought ironwork balconies crumble into rust; plaster peels as in a malignant skin disease; flagstones are mined for other purposes. Every grand and beautifully proportioned room—visible through the windows or in some places through the walls that have crumbled away—has been subdivided by plywood partitions into smaller spaces, in which entire families now live. Washing hangs from the windows of what were once palaces. Every entranceway is dark, and at night the electric lights glimmer rather than shine. No ruination is too great to render a building unfit for habitation: Havana is like a city that has been struck by an earthquake and its population forced to survive among the wreckage until relief arrives.
    Havana ruins is one of Castro's successful creation. Meanwhile Cuban children die under collapsing buildings while Castro’s fans post rubbish from their comfy armchairs in London and New York.

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