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Hoteliers issue SOS for Dominican capital’s famous Malecon

Santo Domingo.- Urban sprawl, poor street lighting, lack of safety and culverts figure among the difficulties facing the capital’s famous Malecon, some of which were criticized by the National Hotels and Tourism Association (Asonahores) to the National District City Council in 2009

The Malecon’s span of several kilometers still languishes seven years later, waiting for the city council to keep its promise to recover the emblematic area completely.

According to, the east-to-west highway along the Caribbean reveals neglect and likely why tourists forego the entire stretch and ride the horse-drawn carriages only from the Colonial Zone until Lincoln Av.

The tourists who venture beyond that span would face the peril of missing manhole covers, the nauseating smell of filthy gutters, and rusty power poles without lamps.

The grim panorama includes trash dumped on the sidewalk, construction debris and branches which pose a threat to pedestrians.

The outlet says the Malecon also suffers from destroyed benches, potholes in urgent need of repair, palm trees not pruned, lack of a road median, in addition to the homeless who live next to the Caribbean coast.

“What happened to ??the National District City Council’s idea of turning the south coast into a tourism and leisure attraction, rooted in a modern city? What happened to the desire of building playgrounds and spacious parking? And where did the seaside boulevard from Lincoln Avenue to Luperon Avenue end up? What went wrong?”

Source: DT

Feb 1, 2016

Category: DR News |

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