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Visiting with Cubans: Renovation and Transition in a Neighborhood of Havana

  • Author(s): Dunlap, Louise
  • et al.

The last afternoon in Cuba, our group* splits into several con­ tingents. After a morning with the Architecture faculty at the University, a few are enjoying an official luncheon with the Mayor of Havana, while most are mustering for the final official group interview -- this time at the Ministry of Housing. I am going off on my own to visit with Cubans and observe housing unofficially: my friend Isa wants to show me the house her neighbors are reno­ vating -- "Very unusual. People haven't been able to do this kind of thing for 25 years."

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