Gentrification Displaces Domestic Violence Survivors in Puerto Rico

Since the implementation of Act 22 approved in 2012 in Puerto Rico, which attracts foreign investors with tax incentives, access to affordable housing for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault has been a growing challenge.

  • May 5, 2022
  • 12:23 PM

Gentrification, Colonialism and Identity in Puerto Rico (OPINION)

The debate over the gentrification led by an influx of wealthy Americans turns on complicated and contested issues, including housing, taxes, and economic development. But it also begs a much deeper question: whether Puerto Ricans are a nation, or merely the current tenants of a particularly attractive piece of real estate in America’s empire.

  • Jan 21, 2022
  • 11:26 AM

Rincón, Puerto Rico: Between Gentrification and Colonialism

“While generational residents keep being displaced, without any government legislation to regulate the housing problem now, soon there will not be any generational native residents left in their town,” Ada Irizarry, an attorney from Rincón, said.

  • Sep 25, 2020
  • 12:12 PM

Women’s Networks Drive Puerto Rico’s Decolonization Work

Puerto Ricans are pushing for sustained interconnectivity between stakeholders doing the rebuilding in the islands and the diaspora and its allies advocating for long-term investment from the mainland — and these coordination efforts are largely driven by women’s networks.

  • Oct 12, 2022
  • 11:53 AM

Bad Bunny contra la mamabichocracia de Puerto Rico (OPINIÓN)

La cortina de humo que lanzaron los agarra perlas —que es un irrespetuoso mal hablado y un soldado de la izquierda (algunos lo comparan con un joven Fidel Castro)— no puede tapar la verdad: Bad Bunny le pertenece a su generación y dice las cosas en su propio idioma.

  • Aug 2, 2022
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Dystopian Puerto Rico: Macondo Is Changing (OPINION)

Puerto Rico is undergoing a fundamental shift in its social and political architecture, and for the first time since I can remember, strong winds are blowing in favor of self-determination and possibly, eventually, independence.

  • May 4, 2022
  • 12:46 PM

Puerto Rico, a Nation of Women (OPINION)

Women now account for more than half of Puerto Rico’s population and are spearheading —especially the young women— an unstoppable revolution, one that will change the island’s future.

  • Mar 23, 2022
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Puerto Rico’s Normandie Hotel a Reflection of Colonialism (OPINION)

Boricuas are in an all-out struggle to save what is theirs from the crypto-barons and Wall Street vultures —their beaches, their homes, their neighborhoods and towns, and the beautiful architecture of their island— of which the Normandie is one of the brightest jewels in the crown.

  • Feb 9, 2022
  • 12:15 PM

Puerto Ricans Hold Beach Protest Against Privatization

After a video of a couple berating beachgoers in Ocean Park while they set up a tennis court went viral on social media last week, Puerto Ricans rallied to host a “beach Olympics” to show that “the beaches belong to the people.”

  • Jan 31, 2022
  • 12:20 PM

Act 60 Brings People Into Puerto Rico and Pushes Others Out

“A Puerto Rico without Puerto Ricans” has become almost cliche in talks concerning the current wave of gentrification washing over the islands. It’s a phrase so bold-faced about ridding the island of its native inhabitants that one is tempted to view it as satire, if the message behind it hadn’t become all too real for the people of Puerto Rico over the past decade.

  • Jan 25, 2022
  • 11:30 AM

A ‘Generational Howl’ Heard in Chile and Puerto Rico (OPINION)

The triumph of Gabriel Boric over the extreme right in Chile sent out “a generational howl” that is reverberating throughout the region and is echoed in Puerto Rico by young Boricuas who want to change the political and social architecture of their homeland.

  • Jan 24, 2022
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Puerto Rican Utopia, Cuba Redux (OPINION)

History has a way of repeating itself, and in many ways Batista’s Cuba is echoed in today’s Puerto Rico.

  • Nov 17, 2021
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Moving Maps: Puerto Ricans Struggle for Their Place in Philadelphia

The diaspora faces inequity and gentrification in the second U.S. city with the largest Puerto Rican population.

  • Nov 30, 2020
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Cuando las vidas negras no importan: How Puerto Ricans Can Change Conversations on Race and Racism

Race in Puerto Rico has always been associated with phenotype and ancestry. The false discourse of “we’re all mixed” has led to systemic racism being dismissed or reduced to phenotype.

  • Jun 17, 2020
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Puerto Ricans in Chicago: The Stories of Struggle and Survival Go On

Chicago is home to one of the nation’s largest and most organized Puerto Rican communities in the United States.

  • Mar 20, 2019
  • 12:54 PM

Puerto Rico’s Big ‘Menu’ for Opportunity Zones

“The fact that almost the entire island of Puerto Rico is an Opportunity Zone, is a blessing, but at the same time it’s a complication,” Manuel López-Zambrana said.

  • Mar 12, 2019
  • 8:49 AM

Puerto Rico Gov’t Lacks Plan to Integrate Communities into ‘Opportunity Zones’

House Speaker Méndez says local legislation to enable the federal tax exemption program on the island will likely be approved, after being on conference committee since November.

  • Mar 5, 2019
  • 10:21 AM

Oscar López Rivera Is a Symbol of Puerto Rican Defiance: So What Side of the Oppression Are You On?

The difference between a “terrorist” and a “revolutionary.”

  • May 30, 2017
  • 12:57 PM

Hurray for the Riff Raff Releases Anti-Gentrification Anthem ‘Rican Beach’

“Rican Beach is a fictional place, but it was written with my ancestors in mind.”

  • Dec 5, 2016
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La Respuesta: A New Online Magazine for the Puerto Rican Diaspora

This weekend, we chatted via email with Xavier Luis Burgos, editor of La Respuesta (“The Answer”), a new online magazine dedicated to the Puerto Rican Diaspora. Yeah, we are supporting this magazine because we believe it is important to support these types of initiatives. Read on. What is La Respuesta? Why now? XLB: La Respuesta […]

  • Aug 19, 2013
  • 9:05 AM

Old San Juan May Soon Be Without Its Iconic Street Cats

Following the U.S. National Parks Service’s announcement that it plans to deal with the “cat problem” in Old San Juan, local residents and activists say they oppose any attempt to get rid of their feline friends.

  • Nov 16, 2022
  • 5:03 PM

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