Authorities in Puerto Rico find kidnapped boy

Oct 30, 2012 Full story: Bellingham Herald 7

Crime scene police tape lays on the ground at the spot where a boy was kidnapped in the neighborhood of Barrio Obrero in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Tuesday, Oct.

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Jorge

San Juan, Puerto Rico

#1 Oct 30, 2012
See what I tell you, TI..?

Barrio Obrero has a higher crime rate than Llorens.

Most people are mistaken with many of our islands' housing projects (especially the older ones, like Llorens or Manuel A. Pérez).

I think, country neighborhoods (like Caimito or Monacillos-out in the San Juan metro mountains) have a higher crime and drug related crimes than inner city housing projects.

It is easier to police housing projects with only two or three entrances; but a mountain barrio, with its intricate web of secondary and terciary roads (its nearly impossible).

Since: Oct 12

West Islip, NY

#2 Oct 30, 2012
Very interesting that the father was kidnapped and later rescued by the FBI, and now his son gets kidnapped ... me thinks the FBI needs to look a little deeper.

Glad his son is ok though.
Jorge

San Juan, Puerto Rico

#3 Oct 30, 2012
LongIslander1987 wrote:
Very interesting that the father was kidnapped and later rescued by the FBI, and now his son gets kidnapped ... me thinks the FBI needs to look a little deeper.
Glad his son is ok though.
I don't know if he's Dominican (for Barrio O. is mostly Dominican).

Our police has to revise the Amber alert system (protocol) for it was activated three hours after notifying them.

Barrio O. is so close to both SJ metro airports, the port of S.J and two yatch clubs (I don't know what these people are thinking).
TPMP

Jersey City, NJ

#4 Oct 30, 2012
Jorge wrote:
See what I tell you, TI..?
Barrio Obrero has a higher crime rate than Llorens.
Most people are mistaken with many of our islands' housing projects (especially the older ones, like Llorens or Manuel A. Pérez).
I think, country neighborhoods (like Caimito or Monacillos-out in the San Juan metro mountains) have a higher crime and drug related crimes than inner city housing projects.
It is easier to police housing projects with only two or three entrances; but a mountain barrio, with its intricate web of secondary and terciary roads (its nearly impossible).
Barrio Obrero has been "candela" for a while now.

For as long as i can remember.

I'm 38, and been going to the island much of the last 32 years.

Obrero has always been hot!
Jorge

San Juan, Puerto Rico

#5 Oct 30, 2012
TPMP wrote:
<quoted text>Barrio Obrero has been "candela" for a while now.
For as long as i can remember.
I'm 38, and been going to the island much of the last 32 years.
Obrero has always been hot!
Yep and (if you ask me) its filled with tons of great people. But, Cantera and its drug addicts have always been a problem for Barrio O.

In that sense, I liked what Sila began in Cantera. She brought out that hidden poverty pocket nobody wanted to touch.

Cantera is finally coming alive.
TPMP

United States

#6 Oct 31, 2012
Jorge wrote:
<quoted text>
Yep and (if you ask me) its filled with tons of great people. But, Cantera and its drug addicts have always been a problem for Barrio O.
In that sense, I liked what Sila began in Cantera. She brought out that hidden poverty pocket nobody wanted to touch.
Cantera is finally coming alive.
Many fine folks come out of the barrios, Jorge!

My grandparents were good friends with this wonderful big ol black woman who lives in Villa Palmeras.(She literally looks like a Dona Ines. I kid you not..LOL). Well, this lady is a fine cook of all things criolla. For a good many years many of San Juan's well to do would have her come over and cook when they had special occasions to celebrate. Word just traveled. She was that fine of a cook.

Right from humble Villa Palmeras!
Jorge

San Juan, Puerto Rico

#7 Oct 31, 2012
TPMP wrote:
<quoted text> Many fine folks come out of the barrios, Jorge!
My grandparents were good friends with this wonderful big ol black woman who lives in Villa Palmeras.(She literally looks like a Dona Ines. I kid you not..LOL). Well, this lady is a fine cook of all things criolla. For a good many years many of San Juan's well to do would have her come over and cook when they had special occasions to celebrate. Word just traveled. She was that fine of a cook.
Right from humble Villa Palmeras!
Let's put Santurce's working class neighborhoods in perspective.

Villa Palmeras and Barrio Obrero were middle class barrios until Llorens was constructed (early in the 1950's).

For more than 60 yrs (until the largest housing project was constructed in 1955-Llorens), Villa Palmeras was a middle class neighborhood.

Have you seen some of the houses there?

Some of the Art Deco buildings and movie houses in Eduardo Conde ave.? in Gilberto Monroig ave.? On Tapia St.? etc. etc....

In fact, this barrio (not so Barrio Obrero) was initially populated by displaced jíbaros with enough money to construct their houses and start businesses.

Barrio Obrero, on the other hand, was a planned project (back in the 20's); which was built next (and for those workers who could afford) to the "canteras" used to fill and build the Isla Grande area (in Miramar).

Interesting, isn't it?

What I like about our island's barrios is that they are filled with single houses (owned by their dwellers) as opposed to apt. buildings in New Y. City, etc.

Too bad, that urban sprawl impacted negatively these barrios (all over our island's towns).

Hopefully, our town and city majors will have to start paying attention and rescuing these urban jewels (where our displaced jíbaros "landed" -after losing their farms- when they weren't able to pay state taxes imposed by "the invading Yankee").

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