Alamar, Cuba is by far the largest public housing project in the world. Construction started in the early 1970s with the help of Soviet architects, and the projects—located a few miles east of Havana—now house 300,000 people in over 2000 buildings. And they're still expanding. Alamar is the cradle of hip-hop in Cuba, and home to the National Hip-Hop Festival; Cuba's South Bronx, you could call it. It's surprising, though, that hip-hop didn't find its home in one of Havana's hipper, more urban neighborhoods: Old Havana, Vedado, or San Miguel. Alamar is a "new community." Most of the people living there were the new married couples and their children of the 1970s and '80s that moved out of their parents' houses in Havana proper. Alamar is also located on higher ground, so Alamareños get the best reception of Miami TV and radio... More >>>