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We are life long resaidents of this community we call home, El Barrio. This is a community of transition, it always has been. When we were growing up it was known as Little Italy. Most of the stores in the community were owned abd operated by Italian Americans.

I remember as a kid just about every store had a sign hanging on the window that read "Aqui se habla Espanol".

During the 1970's there was a population shift. The Italians moved out of the neighborhood and Puerto Rican's became the majority minority. Unfortunatly at that time the community was inundated with drugs. During that period, the 1970's, it was heroin and acid. It was the era of sex, drugs and Fania.

The 1980's brought angel dust, in the 1990's it was crack and cocaine and saddly HIV.

But the die hard El Barrioites kept fighting the good fight and at the turn of the century, 2000 , the community started turning around. On September 11, 2001 the community, the Country and the world took a devasting blow. When the Twin Towers came tumbling down everything froze. It took a while but the nation got back on track as did El Barrio.

As I stated, this community has always been a community in transition. Today the community is metamorphasizing into a cosmopolitan neighborhood. With the luxury housing being built comes a new, more affluent group, while an influx of new Latinos, mostly Mexican, keep the Hispanic flavor of the community percolating.

El Barrio, a community of love. El Barrio a once bastion of Puerto Rican culture is a community of dreams. Puerto Rican Dreams, African American Dreams, Latino Dreams, The American Dream.