Puerto Ricans and Ultrarich â€œPuertopiansâ€ Are Locked in a Pitched Struggle Over How to Remake the Island
This article shares a 'bright spot' admist the devastation of Hurricane Maria! However the story is complex and a battle between privatization and the public good unfolds. This article includes a video on the topic. Naomi Klein writes:
"Like everywhere else in Puerto Rico, the small mountain city of Adjuntas was plunged into total darkness by Hurricane Maria. When residents left their homes to take stock of the damage, they found themselves not only without power and water, but also totally cut off from the rest of the island. Every single road was blocked, either by mounds of mud washed down from the surrounding peaks, or by fallen trees and branches. Yet amid this devastation, there was one bright spot.
The pink house was Casa Pueblo, a community and ecology center with deep roots in this part of the island. Twenty years ago, its founders, a family of scientists and engineers, installed solar panels on the centerâ€™s roof, a move that seemed rather hippy-dippy at the time. Somehow, those panels (upgraded over the years) managed to survive Mariaâ€™s hurricane-force winds and falling debris. Which meant that in a sea of post-storm darkness, Casa Pueblo had the only sustained power for miles around"