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Real estate construction and sales running at record pace in Cuenca; experts say they see no let-up

Through the first four months of 2009, real estate construction and sales continue to be a strong point of Cuenca’s economy. During that period, more than 250 building projects were permitted in the city’s central area and thousands of sales were recorded.  Xavier Sanchez, president of the Azuay Real Estate Brokers Association believes construction will […]

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Consul General will meet with U.S. citizens Friday at the Abraham Lincoln Center on Calle Borrero

U.S. citizens living in Ecuador are invited to an informal meeting with the U.S. Consul General, Friday, May 29, 11 a.m., at the Abraham Lincoln Culture Center, 5 – 18 Calle Borrero. Consul General Douglas Griffiths will present information about U.S. Embassy and Consulate services to U.S. citizens and to answer questions from the audience. […]

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Taxi coops and city continue disagreements over car inspections and overcharges to customers

Cuenca’s taxi cooperatives and the city government continue to squabble over new inspection rules and the over-charging of customers. Although the Taxi Transport Cooperative Union has agreed to comply with the city’s new vehicle inspection rules, the United Front of Taxi Drivers says it has reservations and is refusing to talk to city officials. Both coops […]

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CUENCA DIGESTUniversity of Cuenca proposes new commercial space near Casa de los Arcos on Rio Tomebamba

The University of Cuenca has asked the cantonal council for permission to build a bar or coffee shop next to the Casa de los Arcos on the Tomebamba River. The university owns the renovated Arcos and says the new addition will bring more people to the Barranco area across from the university. A spokesperson for the university also said […]

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CUENCA DIGESTLAN-Ecuador begins Cuenca service on Monday, May 18

LAN Ecuador has announced that it will begin Cuenca – Guayaquil air service Monday, May 18. The first flight will leave Guayaquil at 12:05 p.m. and arrive in Cuenca at 12:40 p.m. In addition to general travelers, the inaugural flight will transport Lan officials, politicians and journalists. The return Cuenca to Guayaquil flight leaves at 1:25 […]

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Looking for certified organic produce? Head for the market at Parque del Paraiso on Sunday mornings

If you want to be sure the fruits and vegetables you buy are pesticide-free, show up on Sunday mornings, shopping basket in hand, at Cuenca’s Paradise Park. It’s a good idea to get there early. According to vendors, most of the produce is gone by early afternoon. The Cuenca-area Agro-Ecological Producers, a five-year old organization […]

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CUENCA DIGESTCuenca drinking water rated the best in South America

For the second time in four years, Cuenca has been recognized for having the best drinking water in Latin America. The only difference in the survey conducted in 2008 and the previous survey is that Cuenca stands alone in number one position. The Hamburg, Germany-based International Drinking Water Council (IDWC) rated Cuenca first and Arequipa, Peru, […]

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Getting stray dogs off the street is major focus of new law; construction of new animal shelter under consideration

Provincial health department officials plan to step up enforcement of a new law aimed at reducing the number of domestic animals roaming the streets. According the head of Azuay’s health and sanitation department, Gilma Serrano, the department will begin picking up stray dogs in coming weeks. Serrano said that the new animal control program was […]

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CUENCA DIGESTFlights to Northern Peru studied by local, national agencies

The feasibility of international flights between Cuenca and cities in Northern Peru is being studied by the Cuenca Airport Corporation, the Ecuador Office of Civil Aviation and the city of Cuenca. Cuenca airport officials report that most of the infrastructure is in place for new flights. The only missing element is immigration processing facilities but, […]

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Rafael Correa’s reelection could mean much-needed stability for Ecuador after years of political confusion

Plaques and portraits of Ecuador's 105 presidents line the yellow walls of the antechamber to the restrooms in El Pobre Diablo (The Poor Devil), a bohemian hangout in Quito, the capital. Spoofing the presidential palace's silk screen Yellow Salon, each is marked with the number of days they lasted in office. A digital clock ticks […]

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New Cuenca mayor Paul Granda promises an ‘activist’ administration; takes aim at downtown congestion

Both winner and the loser in Cuenca’s mayoral election agree that it was the strength of President Rafael Correa’s reelection victory that forced a change at city all. Thirty-six-year-old Paul Granda, a political newcomer and member of Correa’s National Alliance party unseated incumbent Marcelo Cabrera by a wide margin in Sunday’s election. According to Granda, "Cabrera was […]

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Cuenca scores historic victory over football juggernaut Boca Juniors; advances in Copa Libertadores play

Deportivo Cuenca made history Thursday night defeating football powerhouse Boca Juniors at Alejandro Serrano Aguilar Stadium. The 1 – 0 victory before a packed  house of 25,000 marked the first time an Ecuadorian team has defeated the Argentinians, considered by many to be the top team in the world. The victory also advanced Cuenca’s hopes […]

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