Peurto Rico's La Perla neighbourhood came into the world's sight when Luis Fonsi decided to use its scenic beauty in his new song Despacito. The song, itself was a massive hit and went viral within hours. And with its popularity came attention to this neglected but beautiful neighbourhood.

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Remember this? Even Fonsi said that the true magic of the song was in the beauty that was Puerto Rico.

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Le Perla was once much neglected due to its bad reputation of being a dark alley of a city where all the anti-social elements walked about.

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Despite all that negative press, the citizens of the region put in huge efforts to put the locality back on the good map.

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And when Fonci decided to use the location to shoot Despacito, everything changed.

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Despacito getting viral and becoming a massive hit, also meant that the region was a now a hub for tourists. People, who were once scared of entering the neighbourhood were now flocking in to see if the scenic beauty was real. And it was.

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But just when the region was getting a fair amount of tourist attention, it was hit by Hurricane Maria, which left it in a state of ruins.

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What once looked like this,

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looks like this now.

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All that remains in the region is a pile of wood and stones.

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The little blue walls that echoed the sea,

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echo the destruction, Hurricane Maria left in its wake.

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The coconut trees on the beach, that we once enticed us into dreaming about the La Perla are no more.

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People are back to where they had started before Despacito happened to them.

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The graffiti now reflects the mood of the region. Broken!

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It can only be hoped that people across the world, who came to know of this beautiful place only recently, come forward and help the survivors rebuild their lives.

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Life has a funny way of screwing people up. We can only imagine how difficult it must have been for a neighbourhood that had been neglected for decades due to its reputation of being a hub of anti-social activities to start fresh, only to be pushed back into an abyss by a hurricane.