Santo Domingo.- Colonial City Neighborhood Boards Union president Pedro del Castillo on Sunday said despite the millions of dollars spent in the "Zone's" redevelopment, many problems still persist over the work by the Tourism Ministry and the private sector.
The head of the Union, formed by 13 community groups, said the underground power transformers are still out in the open and the power cables are still dangling above the streets. "The management which the architect Maribel Villalona exerts over?? the Colonial City.
As an example del Castillo said bollards placed in the streets have been changed five times, which reveals the improvisation of those responsible.
"The project since it started was with problems, because although all the residents of the Colonial City understood, and the people know, the people where they parked their cars was in the streets, and by not creating enough parking, people have opted to park the cars on the sidewalks."
For the also Union leader Ruth Gesualdo another problem is the motorcycles skateboards and others that use the sidewalks, where pedestrians have been hurt.
Quoted by listin.com.do, El Conde-Mercedes Neighborhood Board president Julissa Domínguez said despite the work, sprawl has jeopardized the area and rebuffed claims of improved safety in the Colonial City. She admits that the project has attracted more visitors, "but we receive many complaints about crime."
She called that the Municipal Police "the most ineffective and the worst prepared that exists" and the first aspect which must be improved. "It has no notion of what to do."