All About “Paradas”

 What is a "Parada"?

Parada is the Spanish word for 'Bus Stop' or 'Trolley Stop".

Although there are no actual numbers on the bus stops in Santurce, locals all refer to areas along Ponce de Leon Avenue as belonging to a 'parada'.

This is a remnant of the old trolley line from the early 1900's which had numbered 'paradas' along Ponce de Leon Avenue starting with #1 in Old San Juan and ending with #40 in Rio Piedras.

The establishment of the trolley system lead to the expansion of the city beyond the walls of Old San Juan and eventually lead to the area between stops 20 and 25 as the theater and shopping district of San Juan.  In the 1960's, 'Stop 22' was celebrated as the 'Times Square of San Juan'.

As television evolved in the 1970's -  there was no need for so many theaters. In the 1980's the stores moved to the shopping malls and businesses relocated to the Hato Rey business district. The area was largely abandoned until its renaissaince as…

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