Hard Times, Silver Linings and Intersections in San Juan

Ed Morales

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It’s a bittersweet moment in San Juan this summer as the pressure mounts on the island to pay a debt that was near impossible to avoid, on the backs of the poor and working class, since the middle-class mirage of the ’60s and ’70s has all but ended. There is a depopulation and disinvestment syndrome here that in some ways recalls the bad old days of ’80s New York, when the middle-class fled, and high-rolling Wall Street vultures swooped in to speculate on everything from real estate to the price of black market methadone on Avenue C as a small swarm of artists and punks scraped together something called Downtown.

These days there are plenty of artists in San Juan, and the taverns are filled with underaged post-millennials swilling everything from Lagunitas Night Time to Arrogant Bastard on draft. Yes there is Pride, where everyone is finally…

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