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Posted May 11, 2012 by publisher in Cuban Architecture

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Rob Sequin | Havana Journal

On Friday May 18, Havana City Historian Dr. Eusebio Leal will be in Washington DC at the Brookings Institute to speak on the restoration and transformation of Old Havana, and the broader opportunities and challenges of urban redevelopment and its effects on Cuba’s economy.

Balancing Preservation and Transformation in Cuba: A Conversation with Eusebio Leal

Cuba is undergoing a gradual economic and social transformation that potentially carries great importance for the island nation, as well as for its relationships with the United States and the rest of Latin America and the Caribbean. Part of this transformation includes the physical redevelopment of Old Havana, spearheaded by Dr. Eusebio Leal, the city’s chief historian and a leading public figure in Cuba. Dr. Leal has led the government’s efforts to remake Havana as a prime destination for travelers from around the world—more than 2.7 million paid a visit to Cuba last year alone—while at the same time preserving the city’s cultural, urban and architectural heritage.

The Latin America Initiative and the Metropolitan Infrastructure Initiative at Brookings will host Dr. Leal for a discussion on progress to restore Old Havana, establish a self-sustainable financing system to preserve Cuba’s historical sites, and promote tourism.

Brookings Nonresident Senior Fellow Richard Feinberg and Robert Puentes, senior fellow and director of the Metropolitan Infrastructure Initiative, will provide commentary on the opportunities and challenges of urban redevelopment in today’s Cuba and its effects on the wider Cuban economy.

Brookings Vice President and Director of Foreign Policy Martin Indyk will provide introductory comments and Senior Fellow and Deputy Director of Foreign Policy Ted Piccone will moderate the discussion.


Martin Indyk

Vice President and Director, Foreign Policy - The Brookings Institution
Ted Piccone

Senior Fellow and Deputy Director, Foreign Policy - The Brookings Institution

Featured Speaker
Eusebio Leal - Havana City Historian

Director,  Old Havana Restoration Program and Historical Center

Richard Feinberg

Nonresident Senior Fellow - The Brookings Institution
Robert Puentes

Senior Fellow and Director, Metropolitan Infrastructure Initiative - The Brookings Institution

When and Where

Friday, May 18, 2012 from 10:00 am to 11:30 am

The Brookings Institution, Falk Auditorium, 1775 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington, DC

To RSVP for this event, please call the Office of Communications at (202) 797.6105 or register online.

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