IDB to continue support for Colonial City renewal
The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) representative in the Dominican Republic, Flora Montealegre says that the organization will continue to support the Comprehensive Revitalization of the Colonial Zone of Santo Domingo, as reported in Listin Diario. Speaking at the presentation of the 2015 Colonial Zone Program yesterday, Wednesday 28 October 2015, she said that the program focuses on transforming the lives of Colonial City residents and improving the experience for tourists.
Montealegre recalled that the Colonial City suffered a process of population loss and reduced economic activity from the 1960s to the late 1990s when many of its residents migrated to other areas that offer greater comfort and better public services. She stressed the need for a comprehensive and multi-sector vision that responds to the challenges of the city. As well as continuing to expand the cultural and tourist offers, there is a need to work on improving public spaces and quality of life for residents in the historic area. The program calls for strengthening micro, small and medium-sized business in the area and for more public-private partnerships. She also mentioned that initiatives aimed at making Colonial City safer for everyone would also be encouraged.
Montealegre was speaking at the Central Bank auditorium yesterday, Wednesday 28 October 2015, during the presentation of the results of a study on “Demographic and Economic Scenario of the Colonial City” sponsored by the Ministry of Tourism. The report gathered opinions from local residents, business owners, tourists and a census of the population and housing in the area from 2010 to 2015. 66% of those polled favored the renovation program in process funded by the IDB and implemented by the Ministry of Tourism. The program has been undermined by controversy, including the collapse of the Hotel Frances due to errors by the contractors, and the proposal for major changes at the San Francisco Ruins, which was met with widespread rejection.
Source: DR1, Elnuevodiario
Oct 29, 2015
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