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Sep242012

A Tale of Two Cities

 

Port-au-Prince, 24 September 2012 - One city was built just last year. A project costing over US$2 million. Dozens of brightly painted new homes, scattered across a two-hectare site. Today they are empty. Some have been vandalized… and worse. The scene is desolate and can be disgusting. But the project’s backers say it was a “success.”

The other city is the “heart of Haitil,” Port-au-Prince’s downtown. Despite hundreds of thousands dollars spent on plans and conferences, it remains dirty, disorganized, and un-reconstructed. The government is starting to build its own buildings, but what is everyone else supposed to do?

 

Housing Exposition Exposes Waste, Cynicism

Reconstruction of the capital's downtown? Or of the ministries?

 

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