Monday, February 25, 2008

The Changing of the Guard

No, not that one. The Times has an article about the declining Cuban population in Union City. Although I never heard it called "Little Little Havana," I did spend quite a bit of time there in my youth. It's where we went to visit relatives, eat sandwiches, and buy those nylon T-shirts to send to Cuba at El Waterloo. So the news that it is losing its Cuban character and becoming more multiethnic is just one more loss to add on top of loss. I'll have to check with Rafael Martel to see how true it all is.

Meantime as Victor Bas, whose father first opened Waterloo, is quoted as saying:

There’s a lot of ‘used to be’ around here.

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