A couple floats down a flooded street in Havana atop a large piece of foam, after the passing of Hurricane Irma in Cuba on Sept. 10, 2017. Such flooding further damages poorly maintained homes and can lead to collapses.
A couple floats down a flooded street in Havana atop a large piece of foam, after the passing of Hurricane Irma in Cuba on Sept. 10, 2017. Such flooding further damages poorly maintained homes and can lead to collapses. Ramon Espinosa AP
A couple floats down a flooded street in Havana atop a large piece of foam, after the passing of Hurricane Irma in Cuba on Sept. 10, 2017. Such flooding further damages poorly maintained homes and can lead to collapses. Ramon Espinosa AP

Hurricane Irma highlights the problem of Havana’s crumbling homes

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    Twenty-eight miles west of Havana in Mariel, one of the biggest economic development projects in Cuba history is taking shape. Cuban officials hope to attract sustainable industries, advanced manufacturing and high-tech companies to the Mariel Special Economic Development Zone. Their plans depend heavily on attracting foreign investment to the zone, which adjoins the Mariel container port. One U.S. company that wanted to locate in the zone was turned down but three other U.S. projects are in advanced negotiations.

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