Traveling from Santo Domingo to La Romana in the 1980's. (Bonus: SD in the 1950's)

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It starts on avenida España in what is now Santo Domingo Este.

 
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I remember how barren Avenida España was back then.

Also the cement construction of the Autopista Las Americas was slippery as heck when it got wet, which attributed to a steady stream of accidents.
 
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This video was taken when we had to drive through the centre of San Pedro de Macoris and then across the wooden bridge over the Rio Soco which was extremely dangerous and then through La Romana across the bridge over Rio Dulce and then turn left,past the Zona Franca, and then into Casa de Campo through a gate that is now called K1. The next part shows parts of Casa de Campo and ends up in Altos de Chavon with the construction of the very attractive outside ampitheatre. The greatest driving problems were the cattle and horses grazing and crossing the road between San Pedro and La Romana and the numerous horse and carts. The video was taken before the huge Punta Cana developments so not much traffic went past Higuey which was just as well because after Higuey , the next stop was Otra Banda and the few miles between Higuey and Otra Banda could take an hour. From Rio Ozama in the capital to the Rio Dulce in La Romana could take three hours or more but now it is less than ninety minutes
 

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Shots from Ciudad Trujillo (Santo Domingo) in the 1950's.

Watch out for the bumper to bumper traffic jams. Woops, wrong time. lol


Other things from the time, Santo Domingo was one of the most modern cities in Latin America. Its streets were among the cleanest, hardpressed to find litter. Hardly any slums. Safe. Open the faucet and the water came out and you could drink it. No one needed a planta because there were no blackouts. No wild power lines overhead. Everybody knows the negative sides of those times, but what was on the other side of the coin should had never changed!
 
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Uncontrolled growth and lack of zoning really did it to SD.
 

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Uncontrolled growth and lack of zoning really did it to SD.

Still affecting it and still no planning. Same Chivo sin Ley approach. But some here love to show the bells and whistles of the shiny things around the DN while back at the ranch, water, electricity and basic services are a mess.
 
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I suppose that the other interesting thing about the video is the music which is a collection of famous boleros from Mexico sung by Los Panchos who often recorded with Edie Gorme ...rather more calming then bachatas.
 

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I suppose that the other interesting thing about the video is the music which is a collection of famous boleros from Mexico sung by Los Panchos who often recorded with Edie Gorme ...rather more calming then bachatas.
The song is an old favorite that has been recorded in all types of genres. This particular one in the video corresponds to the Spanish group "Pequeña Compañía." As for bachata, it derives from bolero.

 

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In the video in the previous post it has interesting lyrics in 14:50 - 16:30, but that is a topic not allowed in DR1.