Santiago renovates its historic districts

The areas around the Yungay, Brasil and Concha y Toro neighborhoods, which attract both tourists and university students alike, will be renovated with the installation of over 4,000 new street lamps.

The project will begin in June and will cost close to US$ 4 million, one of the largest amounts allocated to Santiago’s historic center in recent times
The project will begin in June and will cost close to US$ 4 million, one of the largest amounts allocated to Santiago’s historic center in recent times

The Municipality of Santiagowill begin the renovation of the city’s most emblematic neighborhoods. Thus, the areas covering the Yungay, Brasil and Concha y Toro neighborhoods, which stand out for their architectural value, will receive new and modern lighting that is intended to change the face of these important districts in the capital, where  tourist and university activities take place and which also have an active nightlife.

The project will begin in June and will cost close to US$ 4 million, one of the largest amounts allocated to Santiago’s historic center in recent times. The money will facilitate the purchase of over 4,300 lampposts, which will be installed in these neighborhoods’ squares and pedestrian streets.

Neighbors in these districts received the initiative well. The president of the Asociación de Dueños de Restaurantes del Barrio Brazil, Enrique Antillo, believes that the new lighting “will benefit the community” because they will give passersby greater security.

The decision to locate the streetlamps there was made after a study last year concluded that historic neighborhoods were the most affected by the lack of illumination. The areas of Santo Domingo and Matucana, where there is also significant cultural activity, will also benefit from this initiative.

In addition, the project, which should be complete in December, will improve on the current results without increasing the cost in energy consumption, which in some cases will actually drop. The local authority’s idea is to expand the project to other parts of the municipality.

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