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August 08, 2007


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Noel, please, keeping blogging about your trip. It's fascinating and illuminating.

Query: I'm in Atlanta on a slow connection - ironic considering I am in an IBM training class - so my googling is pretty painful. However, does Puerto Rico have anything analogous to the 'county'? I would assume so, but...I could be completely wrong.

Hi, Will,

Puerto Rico does have counties; what it doesn't have are municipalities. That is, the "municipio," a county, is the only level of local government. There are no incorporated cities, towns, or villages, but every square inch of the island is inside a municipio.

Just like inside the U.S., it can be hard to map local governments across states. Puerto Rico is particularly unique that the state police outnumber the grand total of local cops.

The subway is useless until and unless it goes to the airport. Until it does, I agree with (I believe) everybody else on the island that was a great scam and the most expensive stretch of rail on the planet.

If by some vanishingly small chance they extend it to Ponce, I'll change my mind. But I ain't holding my breath.

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