The Havana Malecon Is Lonely

September 19, 2017 |

 

Photo Feature by Juan Suarez

HAVANA TIMES – The Havana malecon seawall is solitary. The avenue is empty and its wall is guarded by police to avoid any accident. Hurricane Irma caused great damage to its foundations and huge craters are seen on its sidewalks. Meanwhile, the neighbors are recovering from that fatal catastrophe.

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  • Gerard Matthews

    Come on Mr Castro pull your finger out and mobilise forces to repair the damage which has been not only caused by hurricane Irma but by your lack of concern and investment in buildings throughout the country over the last 60 years. Mr Castro you are a disgrace.

    • Eden Wong

      The state of Cuba has nothing whatsoever to do with the Castro’s lack of concern – they’d love to refurbish every building on the island – it’s due to being a desperately poor country with a failed economic/political system that has left the country broke. You can’t “mobilize forces” if there’s no money.

      On another note I hate seeing the Malecon smashed to pieces again. It had a lot of work done to it over the last several years and was actually looking pretty good. What a shame.

      • bjmack

        Thanks, Eden. Hopefully, some day, you will have say as to how to fix this broken country.

      • Gerard Matthews

        Mr Wong. The present Mr Castro and his departed brother have had 60 years to put Cuba back on the road to financial recovery. What have they and their government been doing to enable Cuba and the people of Cuba to enjoy a more fruitful existence. I have visited Cuba several times so I am not speaking as someone who has not visited and talked with people who have had to endure such tremendous hardships.

        • Eden Wong

          Gerard, nothing in your reply addresses my statement.

          Totally agree that the Castro’s government has been a mess, but that has nothing to do with any lack of concern.

          • Gerard Matthews

            As soon as Mr Castro learns to trust the people of Cuba with a say in the rebuilding and development of the country, it is only then that Cuba will develop. Mr Castro trust your people and they will not let you down, bring in professionals in the building trade, plasterers, plumbers, electricians, bricklayers, bring these people in so that they can teach people, offer apprenticeships to those who wish to learn, invest in the youth of the country and they will not let you down. The Cuban people are very proud of their country and of being Cuban!

          • Eden Wong

            So you’re saying to trust the Cuban people by bringing in a pile of foreign professionals and experts to fix the country?

            Please remind me who magically pays for all this foreign assistance?

      • Gerard Matthews

        Mr Wong. Surely their must be some home grown professionals who could instruct /teach young people ? Surely the government has some emergency funds available? Or get the foreign travel companies to stump up extra funding if they wish to continue to encourage tourists to holiday on the island. Their has to be an answer that is acceptable to everyone to this financial mess. What would you do o solve the problem Mr Wong?

        • Eden Wong

          “… What would you do o solve the problem Mr Wong?…”

          That’s the big question, isn’t it. And it’s a discussion that has engaged countless people over decades of time and generated an avalanche of opinions. There’s enough books, publications, academic papers, forum posts etc. to fill a library.

          What I wouldn’t do is to keep posting simple fallacies and impossibilities like you are doing.

  • Ginni

    Thanks for sharing the gallery of photos of so many places I have been. So sad to see even more crumbling of the historic buildings.
    If the Cuban people don’t have PTSD from the past 50 years, they do now with the aftermath of IRMA.
    And the hurricane season is not over either. Yes, the Malecon is definitely lonely now!

  • Ruben Alberto

    History will unsolve me. There is socialism or death by the Giant Monster all right wing capilists, in which the U.C.C. the uniform commercial code, negoitable instruments, FRN’S federal reserve notes, the strawman is every individual CAPITAL LETTERS on thier social security card and birth certificates are TITLES of ownership by every individual state, and the Federal Government, the STRAWMAN. In this way the Capitalist use your ID OF TITLE to do commercial transaction, Cuban problem was a sacrifice for the Cuban revolution to these places, free education University doctors, engineers, and so forth. Because of the deceit of to much Capitalism is no good, , there needs to be a social democracy, or the greedy will take all from the needy,and the poor and disadvantage persons, look at what the Cuban government did to all greedy and mafia individuals put them on the firing squad and eliminated the most powerful gangsters by death. The Cuban government has been breeding the most artistic and sofisticated Spies throughout the world highly trained since the Soviet Union, the have Soviet Cubans, Soviet Cuban Cars, Cuban Spies, and very little American built cars about 200 when the U. S. goes to take pictures of them only, but not the millions of Soviet and Chinese built cars. The U.S. student loans that a doctor or engineer graduate has to pay over 20 years, it’s free in Cuba the only requirement is to work for Cuba seven years, then you could go to another country and benefit. There is no difference as to the Capitalist, don’t be a working pan on the table, just to eat and pay Hugh debt, a Strawman, for Corporate AMERICA and the CEO, how do you pay a debt with a debt? FRN’S. There’s no such thing as freedom since 1933, there is FREDUMBS. Thanks…

    • editorht

      Does this comment have anything to do with the photo feature?