La Perla Neighborhood After 'Despacito': This is How They Do It Down in Puerto Rico

publish date: 2017-08-04
source: billboard

Where was the “Despacito” video filmed? That is the question hundreds of tourists ask residents from the neighborhood of La Perla in Puerto Rico daily.
I grew up in Puerto Rico. If I told my parents “I am going to San Juan with my friends,” the answer that I got back was: “Be careful, and do not go to La Perla. It’s dangerous and people get killed every day.”
That used to happen back in the '80s and '90s when crime and drugs were unstoppable, and the war between residents and the police was insane. Now, La Perla is a tourist hub. Who could have seen that coming?

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