It's a quiet night which gives us an opportunity to talk with Mike (the owner) about the changes he has seen in Cuenca over the past 6 years. He believes the majority of the changes have been for the better. The variety of restaurant cuisines has skyrocketed. There's now Thai, Italian, German, Argentine, Vegetarian, Cuban, Mexican, Greek, French and others. In addition the long-term traditional Ecuadorian restaurants are still doing well. Crime is generally down, especially in the area of Inca Bar. Parks, public squares and areas along the rivers have been beautified with more improvements planned. The Transvia (light rail) will bring improved transportation when it is completed and the eventual replacement of diesel busses with electric or propane will cut down on exhaust and noise, especially in El Centro. All-in-all, a positive outlook.