Rooms with a view
According to the paper, although all property in Cuba is supposed to be owned by the socialist State (thanks, Fidel!), habaneros are “as obsessed with real estate as, say, condo-crazy New Yorkers”.
Now, while it’s pleasing to see the Times looking into the housing problems experienced by the vast majority of Cubans after 50 years of the Castro regime, I am not sure that you can quite equate the situation in Havana with New York.
At the risk of sounding like a nit-picker, it seems to me that while condo-crazy New Yorkers dream of better views over Central Park or a bigger study, the Cubans are “obsessed” about finding a room of their own. Any room. With or without views.
Which is why the photograph you see above, taken by Jose Goitia and used by the paper to illustrate the article, is spot on. Its caption reads: “Yasunari, a student, shares this small room in Havana with her mother. It is their bedroom, living room, kitchen and study”.