Latin America’s oldest city renovates

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Josalyn Taylor

Latin America’s oldest city, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, is spending millions for an rebuild. They’re hoping to be able to repair the streets, clean up trash, install streetlights, and renovating centuries old buildings. They wish to get more of the Dominican Republic’s five million tourist to spend less time at the beach and more in the capital’s long abandoned historical city.

The renovation of the city’s building are causing business owners to get nervous. They are in fear of being outshined by fancy new stores and restaurants. The citizen’s of this city are also in fear that the constructions done to their homes will make the new owners bump up the cost of their rent.

The advocates of this programs say that their fears should be gone, the government is dedicated to creating not just economic development, but better lives for the citizens of the historic city.