A guide to local favorites in Calle Loíza
- By Jhoni Jackson
- Photos by Dennis Rivera Pichardo
Between the tourist zones of Condado and Isla Verde is the working-class Santurce sub-barrio of Loíza. Its main street overflows with restaurants, bars, clubs, coffee shops and boutiques, but its economic growth can be a point of conflict: Gentrification is well underway. Keep an eye out for some of Calle Loíza’s unique elements, including an open street library and murals.
Meet Jhoni Jackson
Jhoni, an Atlanta native of Cuban descent, relocated to Puerto Rico in 2012. She first experienced Puerto Rico with her abuelos during her preteen years. Through the friends and community she’s found, San Juan has become an unexpected but fulfilling home.
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