Image of the current appearance of the wall in the Paseo La Princesa taken on August 20. (Supplied / Jaime Altieri)

By: Ely Acevedo Denis
Date: 24/08/2013 07:00 pm

Jaime Altieri, founder of ProRescate Viejo San Juan, reported that the Tourism Company ordered to make cleaning the walls of Old San Juan which are located in the Paseo La Princesa, and hired a company to do the job with a machine pressure washer, which has jeopardized the structure that has a high historical value.

In an interview with NotiCel, Altieri, explained that over the past week without residents they found out beforehand, began doing work cleaning the walls.

A neighbor noticed the situation and asked a guard who was in the area, who told him that was the Tourism Company, which had the contract for such work.

According to Altieri neighboring he sent a letter to the superintendent of the National Park Service US Walter Chavez, who told him that they were not consulted on the above cleaning.

This highlighted that for more than a decade there a cooperation agreement signed between the United States and Puerto Rico, where he was granted said federal entity administering the Castillo San Cristóbal, the Castillo San Felipe del Morro, Fort San Juan de la Cruz and all the walls.

According to Altieri, Chavez told the neighbor that they were going to communicate with the Tourism Company or who had made the decision.

According to Altieri what happened to the walls denotes “ignorance” on who made the decision.

On one hand, when washing machine pressure, the walls lost their patina, which is what gives the historical value. The patina is like a kind of greenish coating that forms on the old objects due to moisture.

“With this wash was also the outer layer of soil that protects the walls of various environmental agents that cause erosion,” Altieri said.

To Altieri in recent years and has been a constant that every time you change the administration residents has to cope with decisions of officers on duty to endanger the walled city.

“They are doing things without knowing. Let them know that can not happen again. This is what remains of our Puerto Ricans living history. They will not understand the historical value, it is believed that it is a toy, “he said.

And he added, “is that the new administration has the misconception that the Old San Juan and Puerta de Tierra must be some Disney World.”

Tamaris Fournier, a spokesman for the Tourism Company, denied that the agency had issued such order Cleaning far awarded the contract.

Fournier argued that even they had no knowledge about cleaning that took a few steps from the Company.

The planner José “Tato” Rivera Santana, director of the Office of Planning, Environment and Planning of the Municipality of San Juan, said he was almost certain that this kind of work in that area, is held by the Tourism Company, which outsourced to a company for making the payment.

Rivera Santana said it was not aware that the cleaning staff had been made by Public Works Municipality.

Here are the before and after shots of what the wall looks like now:

the wall before and after shot


I’ll admit something though, these walls look mighty fine after a good pressure washing deal. If you’d like to know more about how pressure washing works feel free to contact ViperTech Mobile.

Here’s some more info on the Paseo la Princesa:

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