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    Aruba's upgrades, renovations, revitalization etc

    Over the past few years.....maybe 8+ there have been significant upgrades, renovations and revitilization projects on Aruba.
    The revitilization and beautification of downtown and the demise of the duty free area is what comes to our minds first.
    I am not going to list all that Paul and I have noticed, i hope that you will list what you have observed.

    Also, you folks do not have to be praising the upgrades/renovations/revitilizations.....if there are things that you dislike, please post.
    It is all about differing opinions here.

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    I love the Linear Park. We were there in July and it was up to the Renaissance, where we stay. Curious if they have extended it any further in a year. It's so nice to see all the locals out walking in the evening. They were also laying bricks/tile downtown last July. I assume that project is finished and am looking forward to seeing those downtown changes as well. Only 19 more days

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    A mixed bag for me. We've seen the trolly downtown but have now desire to ride it.

    The airport has improved a great deal. Love it!

    The linear park is a great idea and looks great too. I don't recall how far it's planned to go but with all the walkers/joggers we see along the shore road, it could go all the way to Palm Beach and get plenty of use.

    I don't care for what's happened to the Palm Beach area. It's beginning to look like downtown Tokyo. DW loves to go there after dinner and walk around (which is a euphemism for shopping). Maybe that's why I dislike it.

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    Although I do believe the new shops and restaurants at Alhambro Casino are nice, deep down I do miss the tiny shops that used to exist there. Just my opinion but I enjoyed shopping at the smaller shops found some unique jewelry as well as other nice items and do miss them. I do like the larger general market however for items I either forgot to bring or need at last minute, very convenient.

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    Our last (1st) trip was 10 years ago. Looking forward to visiting what I'm expecting is a new island. Hoping our favorite places haven't changed much. I'll make sure to mention the changes we encounter in our trip report.

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    I do like and appreciate the "roundabouts/rotaries/traffic circles"
    So much better than traffic signals (JMO)

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    Love the linear park.

    I wish the work on downtown and waterfront would move faster. Aruba would be impeccable if they'd clean up some really rundown properties - even if they just landscaped green space, it would be a jump start to the city center.

    And an island wide bike and jogging trail would be awesome.
    Last edited by act1966; 07-01-2015 at 06:13 PM.

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    I too liked the "mom and pop" small type shops at the Alhambra. I was never there during the day, usually in the evening after I gambled my allowance. However, the last few years the small shops were there, it didn't seem as though many people shopped there. Maybe they were busy during the day.

    Even though we are Palm Beach fans, we are "old" Palm Beach fans. I mentioned elsewhere I miss what used to be undeveloped land across from the Hol Inn, PL, Hyatt, Occidental. Too much development; although, if you stay on the beach side of those hotels in the evening walking along the brick walkway, you'd never know the mall was there.


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    i dislike the traffic and congestion that the malls bring to the palm beach area

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    Hello there!! For me Alhambra Casino- is like an ATM machine.....I am lucky at this place...Hopefully- my " guardian angels" will be with me this year too!!!

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