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CUENCA DIGESTLack of street signs and addresses pose problem for tourists, businesses and school children

Cuenca merchants and tourism and education officials are calling on the city to institute a uniform system of signage, particularly in the historic district. In a letter to city officials, the group claims that poor signage –or the lack of it altogether—affects tourists and citizens alike. According to to Gabriela Alvarez, coordinator of the Tourist Information Center, […]

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DINING WITH PENNY: Mediterraneo’s full menu and classy atmosphere bring a touch of Tuscany to El Centro

If you love Italian food, be sure to put Mediterraneo at 7-64 Honorato Vasquez, between Luis Cordero and Hostel Cafecito on your “to-do” list. The first thing I noticed were the new restaurant’s wall decoration. Rich Tuscan colors and a rogue’s gallery of famous Italians –Marcello Masatriani and Sophia Loren, among others— are sure to […]

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CUENCA DIGESTHeavy rains overload city sewers, cause flooding

Heavy rains in the past 10 days have caused minor flooding in several areas of Cuenca and prompted calls from residents for city government to improve maintenace of storm drains. Cuenca Fire Chief Carlos Chaca agreed that better maintenance could have prevented some of the problems, particularly in the southern areas of the city. He also […]

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The impact of new taxes and import quotas will begin showing up soon on store shelves near you

The effects of new Ecuadorian import taxes and quotas will begin to hit home by early February according to the director of the National Association of Merchandisers. “Get ready to feel the pain,” Juan Maldonado warns.  Ecuador began limiting imports and imposing higher taxes on 630 products January 15. The government claims that the move […]

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Cuenca’s Ninth of October market reopens for business; $3 million renovation makes it the city’s most modern

Cuenca’s refurbished Ninth of October mercado reopons today after months of construction delays. Over the weekend dozens of vendors who had been relegated to the streets during the 18-month project, set up shop in the three level building at Calles Lamar and Cueva. The market building anchors a two-block market district that features everything from […]

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One of Cuenca’s master guitar makers likes the woodwork but goes for the balance

By Aston Morrisey  His hand-made guitars have been played by Freddy Fender, Judy Collins, and Spanish classical musician Pablo Menendez, according to a 25-year-old article in American Musician magazine. Cuenca guitar maker Juan Uyaguari say, however, that he can't vouch for the story. "I hear that some of them belong to famous people but I […]

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Downtown traffic signal installation aims to improve traffic flow and speed up public transportation

You can call 2009, “the year of the traffic light” in Cuenca. The fact is painfully evident to downtown pedestrians who are forced to circumnavigate the installation work on almost every block. Almost all intersections in El Centro that do not already have traffic signals, will be getting them soon. In all, 99 new lights are being […]

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Cuenca’s Day of the Innocents celebration gets rained on but the craziness marches on

A light rain dampened Cuenca’s Day of the innocents celebration Tuesday night but it couldn’t stop the annual strange behavior of thousands of participants and another 20,000 spectators. The event is staged at the head of Ave. Solano, just across the Rio Tomebamba from the hisotric district.  The festival is a commenoration of the King Herod’s death […]

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Cuenca infrastructure projects for 2009 include El Centro traffic improvement, makeover for Parque de la Madre

Among the public works projects scheduled for 2009 by Cuenca’s city government are a reburfishment of Parque de la Madre and traffic improvements in the historic district. The work in Parque de la Madre, including construction of a school athletic center and a cafeteria, could begin as early as February, according to city coordinator Jaime Siguenza. Other […]

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Ecuador real estate sales up in 2008; returning Ecuadorians, foreigners fuel 20% growth in Cuenca

Although Ecuador real estate sales to foreigners increased in 2008, the number was dwarfed by purchases by Ecuadorian citizens returning from the U.S. and Europe.  Gustavo Moreno, spokesman for a Quito-based national real estate trade organization, said the worsening world economy will probably bring more Ecuadorians back to the country, helping to keep the real […]

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