Primer Período (1844-1865):
- San Lázaro, San Miguel, San Antón, and Santa Bárbara
formed a boggy strip along the North wall of Santo Domingo. They were often
impassable, full of quagmires and rickety walkways made of palm, and were
adjacent to the old churches.
- Pueblo Nuevo and El Centro were the neighborhoods of the central strip of
the city. Pueblo Nuevo emerged during the First Phase with most of its homes
being shacks, but a good portion of its residents were small business owners,
which meant that the neighborhood was relatively booming. El Centro was the
city's wealthiest neighborhood on a political and economic level.
- La Misericordia in the South of the city was the neighborhood containing
the Santa Clara and La Fortaleza Convents. It was in a similar state as the
Northern sectors, but was less densely populated.
- The neighborhoods of Ponce (located on the outskirts of the San José
Fort and extending past the Arzobispo Portes Fort to the corner of Consistorial
Street) and El Solar de Santa Ana (on the East side), were the underbelly
of the urban life of the day, rife with drunkenness, fights, prostitution,
and general crime.
- The urban areas along the walls of the city were the most wretched. Homes
were built of mud walling, were disorderly in their arrangement, and had little
in terms of doors, floors, and solid walls.