The recovered Duarte and Paris streets are now a reality with an investment of more than 202 million pesos.
David Collado fulfilled his promise with the street vendors of that sector, through the Fundación Acción, Emprende y Transforma and private funds.
President Luis Abinader and the Minister of Tourism, David Collado delivered today the second phase of the renovation of the Duarte and Paris intersection, in a ceremony attended by the mayor of the National District, Carolina Mejía.
This is the work of greatest urban impact that has been carried out in the Dominican capital, which began to take shape 5 years ago when Collado was still mayor of the city, and was achieved with an investment of more than 202 million pesos that were contributed through the Fundación Acción, Emprende y Transforma (Action, Undertakes and Transforms Foundation).
President Abinader inaugurated the work and assured that the central government will continue to support interventions such as this one, not only in Santo Domingo, but also in other cities of the country. At the same time, he thanked the private sector companies that provided the resources through the Fundación Acción, Emprende y Transforma so that the Duarte and Paris streets now shine with splendor.
Collado recalled that this intervention was initiated thanks to a collaboration agreement that was made with the city of Guayaquil where a similar urban revamping process was experienced, for which the Buhoneros de Santo Domingo traveled to the South American city together with Dominican architects and the intervention process was launched, which inaugurated phase 1 in 2021 and concluded phase 2 today.
“Today we are fulfilling our promise to the street vendors and to the city; no more saying “this is like Duarte and Paris to refer to something dirty or disorganized”, because from today Duarte and Paris is a reference of organization and respect for human dignity,” said Collado.
The work was carried out with private funds in agreement with the Mayor’s Office of the National District and its owner, Carolina Mejía, as a result of the situation that the city was experiencing in 2020 as a consequence of the COVID 19 pandemic.
“This work fills us with pride and all the hawkers in the area can be more than sure that from our mayor’s office we will continue working to preserve this great renovation with them and also continue to expand the areas of intervention,” said Mayor Mejia.
This work will improve commerce and pedestrian and vehicular traffic in the area, since the avenue will have two lanes that had been lost due to the number of tables that previously occupied the sidewalks and streets.
In addition, the roadways, urban furniture, lighting, paving and cobblestones, undergrounding of cables, painting, among other initiatives of beautification and ornamentation were also intervened.
Minister Collado took the opportunity to thank all the street vendors for their willingness to make this dream of recovering an urban space in the city a reality. He also recognized architects Juan Mubarak, Shanei Peña and Amín Abel for the great work they did together with national and international authorities to ensure that the city of Santo Domingo would be able to move towards the recovery of urban spaces for the people.