Carmelo Anthony Lays Out His Vision To Turn San Juan Into Williamsburg
Carmelo Anthony recently purchased the NASL's Puerto Rico FC, a move he contends is part of the revitalization of an up-and-coming down-and-out U.S. Commonwealth. What can you say, Melo considers himself a tastemaker, and he's convinced San Juan is the next "cool" spot.
"I wanna make it a fun vibe," he told Vice Sports while standing inside Juan Ramón Loubriel Stadium, where his team will play next season. "Live music, street vendors, bars -- I wanna make it cool. I wanna bring tailgating to soccer."
"This is Puerto Rico. Everybody loves to eat, everybody likes to drink, everybody likes to party, have a good time. It's paradise island."
Let's be clear on something: making a place "cool" is a not-so-subtle way of saying "we're looking to turn all these abandoned buildings into artisanal pickle factories." That's not necessarily a bad thing, per se, but it's certainly not a revitalization effort. For a municipality with over $72 billion in debt -- Puerto Rico can barely keep the lights on -- we're sure Carmelo's high-profile investment is a welcome influx of cash (regardless of how many espresso barbershops and fixed-gear bikes it might bring with it).
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