Lares: Exodus From a Historic Puerto Rican Town, With No End in Sight

This is so sad!! My heart aches … as the reality sinks in. My country is slowly but steadily shrinking, declining and fading away!
#Resist … 🙏🏽

Repeating Islands


A report by Frances Robles for the New York Times.

This picturesque mountain town, renowned for its rich coffee, peculiar ice cream and a historic, if short-lived, rebellion, now has a far less welcome distinction.

On an island where about 400,000 people have moved away since the 2000 census, Lares lost the highest percentage of its residents — almost a quarter of its population since the census. The downtown plaza that marks the route that rebels took in 1868 to wrestle free from Spain’s colonial grasp is now surrounded by abandoned storefronts. Handwritten signs offering battered buildings for rent or sale have become the hallmark of a city struggling to keep pace with a continuing exodus.

Even Heladeria Lares, the celebrated ice cream parlor where tourists and locals alike once lined up to savor frozen treats with eccentric flavors like rice and pigeon peas, garlic and codfish, has suffered…

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A picture says a thousand words …. “This one screams, #43 …. There’s no worse blind person than one who doesn’t want to see …. “!!


~~July 16, 2017~~ 


I literally translated the title from a very common Puerto Rican saying.

It basically means that, even if anything is right in your face, you won’t see it if you don’t really want to.



bury one’s head in the sand
and hide one’s head in the sand; have one’s head in the sand

Fig. to ignore or hide from obvious signs of danger. 

(Alludes to an ostrich, which is believed incorrectly to hide its head in a hole in the ground when it sees danger.)



I have a dear blogger friend who says the following (I hope he doesn’t mind that I borrowed his words).

It’s kind of  ‘imitation is the greatest form of flattery’.

“At this point it’s not about Drumpf.

I feel betrayed as an American by the House GOP. We expect both parties to protect and defend our Constitution. The GOP’s dereliction of duty is unforgivable.

If we manage to survive as a constitutional democracy, I want them to be punished for this.

Rob G. 



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