500th Anniversary of the capital city: Healing Havana’s “wounds”

500th Anniversary of the capital city: Healing Havana’s “wounds”

Photo: Estudio Revolución
Photo: Estudio Revolución

– Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, President of Cuba’s Councils of State and Ministers, identified two essential factors in the Havana revitalization process, during a tour of recently renovated sites of social and economic interest: recover facilities, and at the same time, guarantee their sustainability, to ensure functionality over time at a high-quality level.

– Undertaken at the National Institute of Oncology and Radiobiology were 16 repair projects following a fire in July. The work was completed within 12 days and the comfort level of facilities improved.

– During July and August thus far, the National Aquarium has received 111,000 visitors, 40% more than in the same period last year, principally a result of the decision to add visiting hours in the evening.

– Díaz-Canel noted improvements at the Calzada and K Street Funeral Home, including a remodeled reception room and 24-hour cafe.

– The cultural center El Sauce, affiliated with Artex, now has a 3D film theater, store, dressing rooms, bars, a cafeteria, and an outdoor patio. Administrators expect to recuperate the investment within two and a half years.

– When efforts began two years ago to recover childcare centers in Havana – of critical importance to working families – 42 of these facilities were closed due to disrepair. This number has been reduced to 27, with eight centers re-opening next week as the school year begins. (Taken from en.granma.cu)

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