Scharloo, the come-back of grandeur
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Scharloo (<scare-low>) is a neighborhood in Willemstad, right next to Punda. The area started as a plantation. This, however, turned out to be a failure since the soil was not suitable for agriculture. The origin of its name is still unclear. Some think it is named after one of the first owners of the plantation Mr. Charlois, others think it is a combination of the Dutch words "Schaar" (coastal ground) and "Loo" (forest).
Anyway, after the plantation epoch Scharloo developed its residential and maritime character. Huge mansions were built. Some became hotels, others boarding houses, others housed brothels and less respectable businesses.
Fortunately this has all changed. Many of the precious mansions have been restored to their previous grandeur. They are not inhabited by rich merchants anymore. They now serve as offices for lawyers, foundations, banks and diplomatic posts. But that is way better than the sad sight of the road from the near past.
The process is not finished yet. There are still many mansions that need attention. But Scharloo is certainly reviving, and that is a very good thing!
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