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The Dominican government is reportedly trying to purchase the Washington Heights section of New York City. Reports from anonymous leaked sources explain that what was once a ridiculous proposition has now gained traction among city legislators and cultural groups.

No word on what the tag price would be but city appropriations director Graham C. Wellington Esq. explained that the purchase price could be around the US$1.2 billion range and would be paid out during a 20-year period.

Dominican officials who support the project say that the purchase would then officially make WH the DR's second city and move Santiago to third place.

Santiago residents have voiced staunch opposition to the purchase, saying that they would like to maintain their status as the DR's second city. Immigration officials have voiced concerns about making WH a Dominican city, not knowing how they would control the flow of immigrants between 155th and Inwood

Wilgeens Hispanolanoyosoy Rosenberg, April 15 2008, 4:11 PM

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