Cuatro Caminos, the Market Where Cuba’s Different Social Classes Come Together

14ymedio, Juan Diego Rodríguez, Havana, 16 September 2022 — The fruit and vegetable market at the Plaza de Cuatro Caminos, the largest in the capital, looked bleak this Friday. Old manioc and green plantains were the only things that were being sold in the stands, among empty pallets and counters. “That manioc is so ugly … Continue reading “Cuatro Caminos, the Market Where Cuba’s Different Social Classes Come Together”

Cuatro Caminos Hasn’t Recovered

14ymedio, Luz Escobar, Havana, 13 January 2020 — Although it is less than two months since the reopening of the Cuatro Caminos market, it has already suffered two temporary closures. This Saturday, the establishment reopened completely after five days with the food area closed. The state corporation Cimex confirmed to this newspaper that the market suffered breakdowns that made … Continue reading “Cuatro Caminos Hasn’t Recovered”

Cuban Authorities Blame "Hoarders" for the Incidents in Cuatro Caminos Market

14ymedio, Marcelo Hernández, Havana, 19 November 2019 — “Hoarders” and an “uncontrolled avalanche” are the adjectives with which Cuban Television described the crowd gathered last Saturday at the reopening of the Cuatro Caminos Market. The official response to the riots has taken 48 hours to appear and has come through information issued on Prime Time … Continue reading “Cuban Authorities Blame "Hoarders" for the Incidents in Cuatro Caminos Market”

Why the Reopening of the Cuatro Caminos Market Failed

14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 18 November 2019 — Economists and analysts will say otherwise, but Amalia, 68, has her own version of events. This Saturday she decided to visit the Mercado de Cuatro Caminos, in Havana, to observe with her own eyes the reopening of the most important commercial center in the Cuban capital. “When I saw … Continue reading “Why the Reopening of the Cuatro Caminos Market Failed”

The Cuatro Caminos Market Closes Until Next Week Due To Social "Indiscipline"

14ymedio, Havana, 16 November 2019 — What was going to be the most important commercial opening coinciding with the celebration of Havana’s half millennium has been marred after it was announced that the Cuatro Caminos Market would close after the first day of its reopening to the public. The arrival of thousands of people since … Continue reading “The Cuatro Caminos Market Closes Until Next Week Due To Social "Indiscipline"”

The "Resurrection" of the Cuatro Caminos Market and Free Trade in Cuba

14ymedio, Elías Amor Bravo, Economist, 15 November 2019 — The beautiful published images of the rehabilitation of the Cuatro Caminos Market and resumption of operations at the service of Cubans is one of the few pieces of good news coming from that troubled country. After almost half a century of paralysis, after the confiscations and … Continue reading “The "Resurrection" of the Cuatro Caminos Market and Free Trade in Cuba”

Without Its Market Cuatro Caminos Seems Lost / 14ymedio, Orlando Palma

14ymedio, Orlando Palma, Havana, 30 July 2015 — Every city has its nerve centers, and one of Havana’s is where Monte, Cristina, Arroyo, and Matadero Streets intersect, and where the “Mercado Único” (“The Only Market”), also known as “Cuatro Caminos” (“Four Roads”), is located. This nearly one hundred year-old colossus has been closed since February … Continue reading “Without Its Market Cuatro Caminos Seems Lost / 14ymedio, Orlando Palma”

The Cuatro Caminos Market Will be a Museum / Orlando Freire Santana

HAVANA, Cuba – The Cuatro Caminos (Four Roads) Market, one of the most important of Havana, and pioneer of the system of supply and demand for agricultural products, will close its doors on 2 February. They already met with the employees and told them the site will undergo “repairs” and that they will be relocated … Continue reading “The Cuatro Caminos Market Will be a Museum / Orlando Freire Santana”

Relatives of the Girl Who Died in Bahia Honda Say They Have Been Warned ‘We Can’t Return to Cuba’

14ymedio, Havana, 31 May 2023 — “We have been warned that we cannot return to Cuba,” says Héctor Manuel Meizoso González,the unlce of Elizabeth, the girl who died last October in the sinking of a boat after being hit by a Border Guard boat in Bahía Honda, Artemisa. He managed to leave Cuba with his … Continue reading “Relatives of the Girl Who Died in Bahia Honda Say They Have Been Warned ‘We Can’t Return to Cuba’”

A Depressed Employee Among Empty Shelves, a Reflection of Cuba’s Misfortune

14ymedio, Juan Diego Rodríguez/Olea Gallardo, Havana, 16 January 2023 — A few years ago, through one of those entertaining TED conferences that spread like wildfire on social networks, Barry Schwartz popularized the expression “the paradox of choice” which can be summed up as follows: choosing between too many options produces paralysis and dissatisfaction, which can … Continue reading “A Depressed Employee Among Empty Shelves, a Reflection of Cuba’s Misfortune”

A Foreign Currency Store for Mexican Paint Supplies, ‘Proudly Cuban,’ Opens in Havana

14ymedio, Juan Diego Rodríguez, Havana, 15 December 2022 — Throwing a bucket of water off the balcony, burning a doll or painting the house are some of the traditions that Cubans turn to every December so that, when January arrives, the problems of the previous year don’t pass to the new one. It is a … Continue reading “A Foreign Currency Store for Mexican Paint Supplies, ‘Proudly Cuban,’ Opens in Havana”

In Plaza Carlos III, an Identity Card is Required to Buy a Quarter of Fried Chicken

14ymedio, Juan Diego Rodríguez, Havana, 14 September 2022 — Forty people and forty identity cards, not one more. The crisis in the markets has made the leap to state cafeterias, and even in the cafeteria of the popular Plaza Carlos III, in Central Havana, it’s already impossible to sit normally and eat a quarter of … Continue reading “In Plaza Carlos III, an Identity Card is Required to Buy a Quarter of Fried Chicken”

One Missing Person and Dozens of Residential Areas Flooded by Rainstorms in Cuba

14ymedio, Havana, 3 June 2022 — A resident of Pinar del Río fell into a swollen creek in the district of Diez de Octubre and is reported missing by local authorities after heavy rains that mainly affected the west and center of the country. According to what neighbors told the official media, the man “didn’t … Continue reading “One Missing Person and Dozens of Residential Areas Flooded by Rainstorms in Cuba”

Rationing Neutralizes ‘The Mother of All Lines’ in Cuba

14ymedio, Juan Diego Rodríguez, Havana, 21 April 2022 — The area outside the Cuatro Caminos Market looked very different this Thursday, compared to what usually occurs every two weeks, and especially what happened on April 7th. That day, thousands of people gathered in a line that reached almost 20 blocks, where they waited to present their … Continue reading “Rationing Neutralizes ‘The Mother of All Lines’ in Cuba”

Cuba’s Cimex and Caribe Stores Will Distribute the Scarce Goods by Municipality and Ration Book

14ymedio, Juan Diego Rodríguez, Havana, 19 April 2022 — One day after 14ymedio reported the return to the restriction by municipality of residence on the sale in pesos in the Plaza de Carlos III, the official press confirms the measure for the entire capital as of this Thursday 21. The decision has been made, the Tribuna de La Habana acknowledges this Tuesday, “taking … Continue reading “Cuba’s Cimex and Caribe Stores Will Distribute the Scarce Goods by Municipality and Ration Book”