Old Havana is the city-center and one of the 15 municipalities forming Havana, Cuba. It is a beautiful place. In fact, its beauty and historical charm are so revered, it has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Unfortunately, many buildings have fallen in ruin in the later half of the 20th century, as the US led blockade of the island took hold, but a number are being restored.
On this week´s brand new episode of Interviews from Havana, host Cristina Escobar chats with Havana City Historian and director of the restoration program of Old Havana, Eusebio Leal. Leal believes that the city´s restoration must include the creation of the conditions for social development, making it a project for community development.
¨There were projects that could not reach everybody´s doors, but projects that would benefit everybody – pedestrian streets, cleanliness, safety, a maternity home, a centre for impaired children, a centre for mental health and a home for the elderly.
Additionally, there were challenges in the restoration project, as well as new institutions that were created in the historic center of Havana as a result of the renovation drive.