I have spent a fair share of time in the Zona Colonial, and it definintely has some charm. It also has some really nice old buildings- historic treasures, really- that look like they are about to fall down. A lot of streets are total ghost towns- no pedestrians, no lights, all the doors rolled down. you might see a stray dog or two. What I am wondering is this- Santo Domingo is building high rise apartments like crazy. Has the government or a big time developer ever thought to modernize and clean up the ZC? How charming would it be to have a nice upgraded loft in one of those 400 year old buildings? Imagine a whole bunch of nice shops- like outlet stores, etc. that could attract the cruise ship crowd. The closest comparison is Old San Juan. The buildings there are really well kept, there is a bustling, busy nightlife, tons of shops, and there is an energy about the place. I think the ZC could be and even surpass San Juan if some serious captial was placed into the area. Or of course you can go the total gringo route and build a new baseball stadium near by. If it can improve Detroit, it can work here !