Same Street Different Living Styles

By: Yexcica Andrea Cappas Santiago

TERRACE

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Conveniently located at a walking distance from the prestigious university of Mayagüez, a traditional, modest one story home. Despite some obvious neglect with regular up keep, the over two decade old Puerto Rican home remained structurally sound. “It used to be a really nice place, I don’t know what happened to it”, expressed the next door neighbor.

TERRACE

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A fresh coat of yellow and green paint suit well to complete this two story contemporary multifamily home in the popular student area of Mayagüez . Prior to the resent repaving the front parking lot was riddled with pot holes and becoming an increasing concern for neighbors. “Thank God they did something about that parking lot, we were worried someone could get hurt” said a feeble looking elderly woman from her nearby front porch.

TRASTALLERES

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Time and lack of maintenance have clearly taken a toll on this small boarded up uninviting home in a Mayagüez neighborhood popular with local college students. Over a year has passed since the rear window now covered with plywood was broken during a late night burglary. “It is really scared us, this is not the type of place you expect to see that sort of thing” said the undergraduate neighbor from the University of Puerto Rico.

TRASTALLERES

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A fresh coat of white paint around the balcony and window trim serves to accent the crisp look of this well kept large multifamily home. At first it was hard to believe that only a few months ago this gorgeous building was vacant. “They couldn’t find anyone that could fill all the rooms said one of the housemates, in commenting on the homes long term vacancy.

 

DULCES LABIOS

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Down the bridge from Route Number Two, this massive former church stands the test of time. Today used primarily as apartment space, the unique structure once housed one of the largest churches in the city! “Hasn’t changed in years, looks just like it did when my dad use to bring me here” states a light skin, tall Puerto Rican man that passed by as the picture was being taken, he looked reminiscently upon the building and left.

DULCES LABIOS

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Orange tile roofing and lush landscaping only serve to further contrast this immaculate two story home from its far less inviting surroundings. Late 2012 brought a swift and profound change in the building’s appearance when the owners decided to have it remodeled. “We wanted to get the place rented and had to do something to draw a new family in so we decided the expense was worth it in the long run” stated the proud owner.

BOSQUE

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Dull brown shutters seal the little remaining sunlight out from this three story box shaped building a stones throw away from the best of the bars and club scene in downtown Mayagüez. A pretty penny was spent by each of the buildings’ tenants securing this prime party location as their new home. “It’s not the prettiest of places but you know what they say about real-estate, it’s all about the location”, stated one of the guys living there.

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Multiple shades of fresh green paint, each as unique and clean as the next and vibrant thriving palm trees are there to greet one at the entrance of this beautiful contemporary apartment building in the heart of downtown Mayagüez’s party street. The costly addition of extra flowers around the property’s parking lot, last year were a great addition to the already appealing landscape. “I wish I could afford a place there”, sadly said my best friend Paula as I was taking the picture.

RíO CRISTAL

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Multiple contrasting vibrant colors demand ones attention toward this large, rectangular, family apartment building just outside of downtown Mayagüez. Although now somewhat dilapidated the building was once renowned as a very desirable family apartment location. “It’s hard to keep up with the property when you have people coming and going and no one much cares about it” said the current tenant.

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Crystal clear new windows and a fresh paint job gave a much needed new look to this surprisingly affordable apartment building, a favorite amongst local college students and small families alike. It was a six month project in all; the renovations were finally completed in January 2014. “They did a nice job fixing it up” commented the next door neighbor.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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