Cuba: Success through ruination

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Marta Verdes Darby asked for my thoughts on Theodore Dalrymple’s essay, Why Havana Had to Die (also at City Journal). Dalrymple contemplated the endless decay of the entire city of Havana, One of the most magnificent of its many magnificent streets is known as the Prado, a wide avenue that leads to the sea, with a central tree-lined marble walkway down which people stroll at night in the balmy air. Some of the beautifully proportioned mansions along the Prado have collapsed into rubble since the last time I was there; others have their facades—all that remains of them—propped up by wooden struts. . . .

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