A guide to local favorites in Santurce
- By Jhoni Jackson
- Photos by Dennis Rivera Pichardo
Santurce is often described as an up-and-coming arts district, but that’s too narrow a description for this densely populated barrio, which contains 40 sub-barrios and dates to the 1800s. Newer shops and modern restaurants are peppered among long-standing colmados (mini-markets, often with bars), historic architecture and murals (thanks to an annual street art festival). All around are homages to island traditions and tributes to political and social movements.
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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