A cinema hall for Port au Prince by July? Hope but don’t hold your breath


crise_de_leadership_ou_rgne_de_limprovisationThe Haitian government has made public its “broad plan” to build the administrative heart of downtown Port au Prince, a scheme that is, in sum and substance, essentially what Harry Adam told me for my Guardian Cities piece back in January. Click here to read the story.

It’s a vast project and grand in scope and ambition, envisaging broad four-lane roads and wide sidewalks.

But the most interesting revelation of all was the promise of a re-built movie theatre – the Triomphe – by July. I’m not sure I believe the timeline but it’s certainly true that red metal walls currently screen off both the Triomphe and the Rex in the heart of Port au Prince – a sign of a coming transformation.

A cinema hall would be yet another step on the road that would take the Haitian capital back to normality. Four years on from the goudou-goudou, the quake. And decades of political instability. It’s the timeline that’s up in the air.

Jack Kerouac

“Our battered suitcases were piled on the sidewalk again; we had longer ways to go. But no matter, the road is life”
– Jack Kerouac