Milla de Oro

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Popular, Inc. headquarters main building at the Golden Mile.

Milla de Oro (lit. "Golden Mile") is a nickname given to a one-mile stretch of Ponce de León Avenue in Hato Rey, San Juan, Puerto Rico. The stretch is famous for the number of local and international banks and financial company's headquarters and buildings, located in the area, which have led some to call it the "Wall Street of the Caribbean".[1]

List of buildings on Milla de Oro[edit]

Muñoz Rivera Ave. at Milla de Oro. Buildings visible, from left to right:

1. Fine Arts Cinema Cafe
2. Popular, Inc.
3. Citigroup
4. Westernbank World Plaza
5. American International Group
Buildings of the Golden Mile as viewed from PR-22.

Plans[edit]

Night view of the José Miguel Agrelot Coliseum. Photo taken from the nearby Tren Urbano Station in Milla de Oro.

Milla de Oro has received criticism from nearby communities for its lonely and dark environment after work hours. In order to foster tourism and economic growth in the area, the state government has planned to convert the district into a more community friendly sector by attracting tourists, visitors, and local residents to the district during after hours through concerts, retail shops, and nightspots.

The first phase of this conversion was to locate the José Miguel Agrelot Coliseum and several Tren Urbano stations in the district. Banco Popular recently inaugurated a new project near its headquarters called Arts Cinemas at Popular Center for exhibiting foreign and independent films and a deli-café. New residential apartments and a 31-story high commercial complex near the Coliseum are being developed in the area as well.

Milla de Oro in popular culture[edit]

The Milla de Oro was heavily featured in the Calle 13 2010 musical video for "Calma Pueblo". The song features lead singer, Residente, singing on top of a building while businessmen and random people run around the Milla de Oro, eventually getting naked.[3][4]

The Milla de Oro was also featured in the film Fast Five during one of the heists.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Eatin’ Where The Cows Used To Roam: Hato Rey Dining At Its Best" by Brenda A. Mari, The Puerto Rico Herald, November 19, 2004, retrieved July 23, 2006
  2. ^ Shokooh Valle, Firuzeh (lunes, 14 de marzo de 2005). "Fraternidad con fin social y sin violencia" (in Spanish). PRIMERA HORA. Retrieved 2008-01-03.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  3. ^ "Controvertible video de Calle 13". El Nuevo Día. July 29, 2010. 
  4. ^ Amary Santiago Torres (July 29, 2010). "Explosión musical y creativa de Calle 13". Primera Hora. 
  5. ^ "Sigue prendía la acción de Fast Five en Hato Rey". Primera Hora. July 26, 2010.