Aguadilla wins “Best quality of life city” by The United States Conference of Mayors.
Aguadilla, PR (Small City) Pintalto initiative –
The Pintalto initiative, a collaboration of Aguadilla Mayor Carlos Méndez Martínez and architect Samuel Gonzalez, uses houses in the Cerro Cabrera area as a canvas to paint a mosaic of 14 murals which honor Aguadilla’s fishermen. Mayor Martinez knew the program would transform the city through beautification and public art, but this was also an opportunity to help the residents heal from Hurricane Maria. The Pintalto initiative was a community rehabilitation program, which included vegetation cleanup, and the removal of illegal landfills and debris from abandoned houses. Tourism has increased in the city. Approximately 10,000 monthly visitors tour the Cerro Cabrera area since the mural was painted. Small businesses managed by local residents have also been launched and are taking advantage of the new interest in the area.
“It is a great honor, a dream come true to demonstrate to my constituents that there is no city like Aguadilla. If we work together as a close community, we are able to achieve big things. This has been the fifth time Aguadilla has won a City Livability Award from the Conference of Mayors and Waste Management, and without a doubt, it makes us proud to demonstrate that every single best practice is valuable,” stated Aguadilla Mayor Carlos Méndez Martínez. “When we put this into practice, using all the knowledge we have gained from participating in this program, we can improve the life of every citizen not only in Puerto Rico, but all over the USA, and perhaps the world. This recognition helps us to stimulate our dream of competition, understanding that every effort is worth it and demonstrates that our dreams are seeds of our realities for all.”