<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").