Applying Rouge in Puerto Padre / Juan Juan Almeida

According to the newspaper “Ahora,” Holguin authorities gathered at the Puerto Padre neighborhood to assess the urban revival project called “Identity and Development,” which is supposed to beautify the town for next July 26. As usual, applying rouge.

Local officials seem to be very excited; the people, not so much. The latter already know how these things work, and they say that the beneficiary, in quotes, is the same as always—the central Avenida Libertad—while the nearby streets will continue, forever and ever, without lighting, dirty, and full of potholes. The people call it “the Cuba wardrobe project: the ugly for Cubans, the pretty for foreigners.”

Translated by Tomás A.

2 May 2014