The neighborhood is one of crack pipes and garbage. When police go there they go in groups and are supported heavily by patrol cars and trucks.
Friday the cops went with balloons to engage in an event called Rescatemos nuestra calle, “rescuing our street.” The neighborhood is between avenidas 7 and 9 and calles 8 and 10. The area is dominated by the art deco Líbano theater that is now an auto repair parts vendor. To the north is the triangular Botica Solera building recently taken over by the Municipalidad de San José so the drug users and bums could be evicted.
Despite the challenges, there are youngsters living in this neighborhood and exposed to a lot of illegality.
The Fuerza Pública brought clowns, music and even the mounted officers and their horses.
Youngsters turned out with their parents. The pitch from police was simple: unite to keep control of the public areas and keep the crooks and drug users away.