San Salvador City Hall relocates street vendors around the Historic Downtown Center

By Karla Ramos  |  Sep 2nd, 2022
San Salvador Historic DistrictWorkers removing debris. San Salvador Historic Downtown.

The San Salvador City Hall continues with the process of recovering public spaces around the San Salvador Historic District. Last week, it continued to remove street vendors from the nearby streets; they are to be relocated to the 23 traditional markets of the nation’s capital.

According to a newspaper article, street merchants met with the local authorities last week. They were informed that they had until August 28th to remove any merchandise they had in their informal units and clear the area.

This past Monday, City Hall employees began removing the metal and concrete structures left by the vendors. Once the removal is completed, the work to fix the streets, sidewalks, and buildings will commence.

“The recovered streets will be intervened immediately through the municipal works department (DOM); they will be recarpeted in their entirety since decades have passed without receiving maintenance.” Mayor Mario Duran.

The mayor of San Salvador, Mario Duran, announced Tuesday morning that the commune would invest $20 million in the recovery and revitalization of the section of Calle Arce on España Avenue.

Also, Mayor Duran stated that the commune would invest more than $100 million in the complete historic district revitalization project.

San Salvador Historic Downtown
Before and After.

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“We recovered a street with great symbolism. More than 50 years ago, informal commerce began on this street, thus making it a place that was believed impossible to liberate.” Mario Duran.

The San Salvador Historic District is home to some of the most iconic Salvadoran landmarks. However, due in part to the congested street vendors, it was always considered a dangerous and chaotic area.

Today, we are taking another step in rescuing the heart of El Salvador. After constant meetings with the merchants, a voluntary mobilization was achieved, which is part of stage 2 of phase 2 of the Historic District. Mario Duran.

Reorganizing the San Salvador Historic district began around 2015 when President Nayib Bukele was the city mayor of the capital. The remodeling of the historic district was one of Bukele’s signature projects as city mayor.

Nowadays, the San Salvador Historic District is considered a safe place to visit; it will get better once the entire rehabilitation is completed.