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There, people live in rundown apartments, get their monthly food ration at spartan government stores and buy Canada Goose Online their drink at state run shops where wine and rum are served in old water bottles.

With its two very different faces, Old Havana is both the centerpiece cheap canada goose uk of Cuban tourism and a symbol of the city larger problems.

Canada Goose Jackets Cuba capital, founded beside Havana Bay by the Spaniards in 1519, is a place where the past is remarkably intact, but thousands of its historic buildings are threatened by neglect and the government inability to preserve them.

canada goose clearance sale In a race against time, time is winning, except in part of Old Havana where more than 350 buildings have been restored in a widely praised operation led canada goose coats by city historian Eusebio Leal.

canada goose deals He and a group of colleagues began the effort in 1967, but it took wings in 1994 when then President Fidel Castro put Leal in charge of a state owned firm to restore the old quarter using profits from the canada goose store money spent there by tourists.

Canada Goose online define our battle in Old Havana as a defense of buy canada goose jacket cheap utopia, Leal told Reuters in an interview.

Canada Goose sale He said tourist spending allowed him to invest $20 million in the project last year as half a million visitors traipsed through Old Havana.

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canada goose store PRESERVING THE PAST The amount of money is small compared to the need, he said. A pre canada goose uk shop restoration study found 4,000 buildings in Old Havana 1.3 square mile (3.4 square km) canada goose uk black friday area, virtually all historically valuable and in bad shape.

canada goose Leal would like to expand preservation to historic neighborhoods like Central Havana and Vedado, and has done a few renovations outside of Old Havana as of inspiration.

economic resources are decisive, and we cannot stray Canada Goose Outlet too far from the source, nor the idea of the core, he said.

buy canada goose jacket cheap Havana is a treasure trove of architectural history with block after block of historic buildings in styles ranging from colonial to modernism. Most need repair and many have already fallen.

Canada Goose coat Outlet When Hurricane Ike brushed the city in 2008, 67 buildings collapsed, raising fears about what will happen when a big storm hits Havana head on.

The uk canada goose outlet most basic problem is a lack of maintenance for many years following the 1959 revolution that transformed Cuba into a communist state. The new government focused on building infrastructure in the impoverished countryside and basically ignored Havana. trade embargo against the island. have lived for more than 50 years in an economic and commercial war, he said.

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Leal argues that the revolution saved historic Havana from Cuban capitalists, who he said had plans to replace old buildings with new, even in Old Havana.

socialism, Old Havana would not canada goose coats on sale be preserved, he said.

canadian goose jacket About 6 percent of Old Havana restoration funds come from organizations such as the United Nations, but more could be done if the government allowed greater private investment from abroad, uk canada goose said Bernd Herrmann, head of the Havana based Swiss travel agency Cuba Real Tours.

buy canada goose jacket Cuba has a problem in that many visitors come 2.42 million in 2009 but, due to insufficient tourist infrastructure and poor service, do not return, Herrmann said.

they would let in investors, the satisfaction of the clients would Canada Goose Coats On Sale be greater. We have more repeaters, he said.

Other ideas have been floated about how best to save buy canada goose jacket Havana history, including at least two proposed city plans, one by the architecture school at Florida International University in Miami, the other by Cuban architect Julio Cesar Perez Hernandez.

canada goose clearance Perez Hernandez said he drew up a plan because the government does not have one canada goose clearance sale and the city desperately needs it. overwhelming. When I see how much should and could be done to give Havana back its glorious image, I suffer.

It is likely a moot point for now because Cuba has been hit hard by the global recession, so the government is more concerned with putting food on Cuban tables than preserving the past.

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