Tuesday, May 04, 2004
Crumbling building in Cuba. Who takes responsibility of this building. The official response I just heard on the TV is something like this, "people don't take care of the buildings they live in. They live just wait for the government to do something." Of course no one repairs a building that he does not own, especially when everything that is needed for maintaining the building is rationed. Throw in some permissions that have to be obtained in order to do anything, the results are predictable.
This one needs more than paint. The Cuban government not only strangles all private effort but it is also totally negligent in maintaining the buildings in Havana. Economics is the study of the use of scarce resources, which have alternative uses. The government of Fidel Castro does make the resources extremely scarce and what is left is evidently not allocated by the central government to the people.