|It was El Bronx. What will it be in ten years?|
|Plenty of drug addicts are still around.|
The treatment of the people they found there was very irregular: some reportedly were bussed to surrounding towns and simply left there, while I'm told that others were dumped on the edge of the polluted Bogotá River. According to the city government, several hundred entered treatment for drug dependency.
The neighborhood's environment has changed. Fewer drug addicts wander about, and the threatening atmosphere is reduced.
One neighboring storeowner had conflicting feelings about the change. On the positive side, some
|The entrance to what was El Bronx.|
Many of the drug addicts now spend their days lying on the median strips of neighboring avenues.
The city has ambitious plans for the area, including attracting health care, design industries, higher education and building low-income housing. The neighboring Martires Plaza and the Iglesia del Voto Nacional are being refurbished.
|The neighboring Iglesia del Voto Nacional is being renovated.|
|And Los Martires Plaza has also been fixed up.|
|The city is building apartments and shopping in what was the old Cartucho neighborhood.|
|Los Martires hardware stores.|
|And bedwear shops.|
|Once a wealthy neighborhood, some grand old homes remain.|
|Homeless drug addicts spend their days on La Plaza España.|
|Street art on Plaza España.|
|An old man sits in front of a closed pasta factory on Plaza España.|