The other side of Cuba – Flawed Garbage Collection, Sewage Overflowing Pits, Air Pollution!

The other side of Cuba- Flawed Garbage Collection, Sewage Overflowing Pits, Air Pollution – things are not so rosy anymore!

Cuba is a Caribbean island nation under communist rule. It has sugar-white beaches and is dotted with tobacco fields, which play a part in the production of the country’s legendary cigars. The capital, Havana, is lined with pastel houses, 1950s-era cars and Spanish-colonial architecture in the 16th-century core, Old Havana. Salsa music plays in the dance clubs and cabaret shows are performed at the famed Tropicana.

The above paragraph is just for the tourists to get lured…the actual story is pretty much different!read on……

While on the face of it, the city is getting a new lift through the easing of Cuban-US relations, municipal support structures are failing badly in many parts of the city. As residents get tired of these inefficiencies, they’re expressing their anger – and pointing to the breakdown of Cuban socialism.

Crumbling city: as Havana’s architecture has aged, so too have its public services. Photograph: Ken Cedeno/Corbis via Getty Images
Crumbling city: as Havana’s architecture has aged, so too have its public services. Photograph: Ken Cedeno/Corbis via Getty Images

“When Obama came [in March] they cleaned the whole street; they put the beggars and homeless in a special asylum,” says Hamlet Lavastida, a 33-year-old artist who lives in Havana. “They made new roads, they painted many buildings, just in the areas where Obama was going to be. People joked that now we’re going to have to wait another 50 years for the next US president to come, to make another new road …”

These may just be lighthearted jokes for now, but Lavastida suggests there is a growing discontent among Cubans about the state of public services: the dirty streets, the broken infrastructure.

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