Economist by Profession
- Jan 20, 2003
Yes. Not that it matters much because most buildings in Haiti are built without following those codes, but in the DR most buildings were built from the 1970's onward with a significant amount from the 1980's onward. A similar situation must be true in Haiti.@NALs: It's interesting what you say about the building codes because the presidential palace was totally trashed in the 2010 earthquake. I did look it up and the article on wiki says that the one the earthquake destroyed was completed in 1920. I'm sure the building codes weren't the same back then.
For example, speak with any Dominican that was alive in the 1950's, 60's, 70's or 80's and all will say that most houses were made of wood. That is simply not the case today and this change happen in the 80's/early 90's. The vast majority of Santo Domingo was built within the last 30 to 40 years. When the cable car was built in Puerto Plata in the 1970's, the town was basically limited to what is now the center with the rest (makes up over 80% of Puerto Plata city) was rural fields and forest with scattered rural dwellings for the most part. Santiago didn't expand much beyond the Historic Center until the 70's when development outside there picked up. Places like Gurabo, Pontezuela, etc were distant rural areas. Similar situations around the country. The DR as known today is a very recent creation.
Driving from Boca Chica to Santo Domingo now along the Las Américas Highway is built up, but that wasn't the case as recent as the 1980's and 1990's. The highway itself was the original cement highway built by Trujillo. The current appearance dates back to the 2000's when it was completely redone. In fact, the white elephant in the middle of the highway near the La Caleta toll was inaugurated by Hipólito Mejía and his presidence was from 2000 to 2004! That should give you an idea how recent the current form of the highway is. He also inagurated the stretch between Boca Chica and San Pedro which until then was a two lane road unlike the four lane highway it is now. The Mauricio Báez bridge wasn't completed until the 2010's. Reaching Punta Cana from Santo Domingo on a divided highway in its entirety is a very recent creation. Santo Domingo itself had extremely few highrises until this century when a skyline of sorts began to be defined.