Published on 3rd May 2016

the 3x8 Behind the city

  • The daily life of the neighborhood 24 de Mayo was affected and by the second half of the last century, it assumed a new identity and became an avenue full of merchants, vendors potions, chargers, magicians, sex workers ... and continued to grow back from the city. Intervention plans and recovery of traditions and identity of the quiteños have always had an eye on the 24 de Mayo. The boulevard, which opened in 2011 for tourism and which broke once again the daily life of the area; the Avenue now runs the risk of being absorbed by the museable space of the city and its people to be excluded from this transformation.

  • Jasmine, 12 years old, born in Esmeraldas and single mother for 2 years; rests in her house located in Barahona Street and Av. 24 de Mayo. Teenage pregnancy and migration are mainly the dynamics of the neighborhood, since the last century the May 24 has become a place of passage, quarters without basic services and affordable prices are the home of many neighbors as Jasmine migrate from the rural to urban lives in this small border of Quito.

  • One of the firs hotels in the 24 de Mayo avenue is "Hotel Colonial" now being renovated but save the memories about old times in its walls.

  • Nieves, a resident and businessman of the neighborhood during 40 years. For the second half of the last century, 24 May it became an avenue with disorganized markets and homes were occupied by people who came from thecountryside. The place was one of the main points for trade and exchange, as well as sex workers, thieves, homeless and so, continued to grow behind the city . Former homeowners sold their property and left the neighborhood because of the insecurity, Nieves remains in business assuming an attitude of self-defense, to the failed methods of state and municipal security.

  • Javier has 17 years came out of neighborhood gangs and being practice break dance since 2011 now he had his own crew they training everyday in the 24 de Mayo Avenue and remember in his skim his crazy live.

  • Social and business relationships are based on fear and irreconcilable ghettos have been formed. The neighborhood has not had the opportunity to merge or strengthened and this has fueled the collective imagination of the neighborhood as dangerous and unsafe. The processes of conservation of the area, vertically imposed, are taking place behind the residents and there is an interest in keeping the border situation and conflict that exist in the neighborhood.

  • Tulia has 26 years, came from Guayaquil 6 years ago but did not have anything for this she lives on the streets where she met drougs and violence now is addicted to de cocaine base and fight with police to stay in her lovely 24 de Mayo.

  • The collective thought of danger and permanent conflicts in the public spaces is not resolved with architectural remodeling of the avenue. Fear has caused the enclosure, especially for women and children. Lydia, 26 years old a Haitian woman, lives in an old hotel at Av. 24 de Mayo, which is being sold, since her arrival five years ago, she only knows the neighborhood from her window. Hidden by her immigration status, performs her duties as mother and wife, like many women in the neighborhood only go out accompanied by their husbands.

  • Mr. Gallardo is the president of the Catholic Workers Center, according to the union first class city. The historic center of famous people of the capital city has existed for nearly a century in the neighborhood 24 de Mayo.

  • The first costume rental shop is located in Ambato and Garcia Moreno, for 50 years the owner has provided rental services and making costumes, traditional business that not long ago were the provider of the people have been closed to make way for the big franchises that meet the needs of the new century, tourism and modernization.

  • During the 90s, in one of the municipal interventions in the 24 de Mayo, sex workers were driven out of the place, hotels and center of tolerance were closed in the town, women were left without solution until they were relocated in "The Canteras ". It is where the "Danubio Azul" house of tolerance for workers of 24 de Mayo was built, which is decorated with erotic paintings like this for service to their customers.

  • Isac, talented musician came from Ghana- Africa 1 year ago to try make a living out of art and music. Between 24 de Mayo and Ronda st., art livens up the place, from the beginning the neighborhood it has been a cradle of popular artists and it remains the same nowadays.

  • In the 90`s the 24 de Mayo avenue was home of "cachineros" people who sold scrap and used things, after municipal politics and the renovation of the Boulevard in 2011 this activity is prohibited. Manuel was "cachinero" but now he walls around the 24 de Mayo streets to collect used things and remember old times.

  • The firs houses of 24 de Mayo Avenue after the european colonization belonged to the elites of Quito, so its have antique colonial architecture, after the renovation this houses are abandoned because the owners move to other site, did or don't have money to repair antique houses.

  • A lot of families who live in the 24 de Mayo have economic problems, so abandonment and familiar violence are common. Lucas has 6 years is younger of 7 brothers, her mother is illiterate and don´t have work, in their houses don´t have basic services (light and water) so most of the time they are in the yard with the dog.

  • Celia is a sex worker, she stay in the 24 de Mayo Avenue since 90`s, has 4 sons the are the preseason of her live. When the renovation of Boulevard being closed the hotels where she worked but she did´t go out and with others girls they organized and resist for sexual worker in Historic Center.

  • International migration is a principal dynamic of the site, its an antique hotel that stay in the 24 de Mayo avenue but now is home of Haitian people who lives there while they wait for their humanity visa to go to Brasil.

  • The mystical and diverse cultures are shown in this Avenue which despite of having passed so many transformations, keeps the essence of popular culture, local healers are held in the Benalcazar st. and Av. 24 de Mayo, living in the fire the memory of this historic neighborhood that is disappearing

the 3x8 Behind the city

Portrait, Daily Life, Documentary

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  • quito
  • gentrification
  • documentary
  • popularculture
  • 24demayo