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Eusebio Leal Spengler, restorer of Old Havana and its de-facto mayor, dies age 77

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Prominent Cuban public intellectual is credited with rejuvenating crumbling centre into tourist hub Eusebio Leal Spengler, the Cuban historian who oversaw the transformation of Old Havana from a crumbling quarter into an immaculately restored colonial tourist attraction, has died at the age 77. He had been suffering from cancer. Leal and his restoration efforts became so famous that he became the de-facto mayor of the historic city centre and one of the nation’s most prominent public intellectuals.
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