Palais National will be rebuilt, an entirely Haitian operation? Of course!."
LET’S FACE IT: Building buildings builds jobs, it’s more Cash for Work – for some lucky selected ones with the know-how, the know-who, and connections to capitalize on such opportunities in the capital, Poprens.
Haitian businesses will make money and some will trickle down to city dwellers, now making do with sheets and sticks, so they can FINALLY buy their own tents (imported, shipped in and taxed) instead of having to rely on donated ones from USAID and well-intentioned missions of blans.
A certain amount of nostalgia, indeed, national pride, is involved in reviving the Palace, reminiscent, as it is, of bygone era(s) when things were so much better…and the city was so much less crowded by those huddled masses yearning to be, if not exactly free, then at least housed.