There was a time in the 1960’s when urban renewal in the United States was the craze.

Urban renewal meant that structures that had been built hundreds of years ago were razed, and, in their place, modern buildings went up with lots of glass, steel,wood, and concrete.

In Granada, in the Historical District, there are strict rules against changing old. Any modifications have to be approved, and the outsides of buildings must remain intact and true to the century they were built.

Walking the Historical District, old homes, warehouses and businesses are gutted, repaired, and made right. Piles of sand and bags of cement are close at hand as day laborers mix and fill wheelbarrows with plaster for men with trowels and hawks.

In the Historical District of Granada, Nicaragua, things look as they always have, because it is the code.

Old, with our help, doesn’t have to go gently into the good night.

Old buildings, old people, old songs, old civilizations, old traditions, are worth keeping.

 

 

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