Friends paint ‘Alan’s bridge’

Officially, it’s the Puente Mariano Moreno. To dozens of expats and some Cuencanos, however, it’s known simply as Alan’s bridge in honor of Alan Stiles, the man who kept it graffiti-free for 13 years. Over the past two weekends, friends of Alan have gathered for painting parties at the bridge that crosses the Rio Tomebamba, connecting the historic district to Parque de la Madre. Since suffering a serious neck injury in November, Alan has been unable to paint over the graffiti. “Originally, we intended to just paint out the graffiti but the bridge was looking pretty threadbare and we thought,…

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