PETIONVILLE - HAITI
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Pétionville
Country: HAITI
Department: OUEST
Arrondiss.: PORT-AU-PRINCE
Elevation: 542 m (1778 ft)
Dialing code: +509 2941
Postal code: HT-614x
Time zone: EST (UTC-5)
DST (UTC-4)


Pétion-Ville is a commune and a suburb of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, in the hills east and separate of the city itself on the northern hills of the Massif de la Selle. Founded in 1831 by then president Jean-Pierre Boyer, it was named after Alexandre Sabès Pétion (1770-1818), the Haitian general and president later recognized as one of the country's four founding fathers.


The district is primarily a residential and tourist area. It held a population of 283,052 at the 2003 Census, which was officially estimated to have reached 342,694 in 2009. Pétion-Ville is part of the city's metropolitan area, one of the most affluent areas, where the majority of tourist activity takes place, and one of the wealthiest parts of the country. Many foreign businessmen, diplomats and a large number of wealthy citizens do business and reside in Pétion-Ville. Despite the distance from the capital and the general affluence of the district, the lack of administrative enforcement has led to the formation of shantytowns on the outer edges of the district, as poor locals migrate upward and have settled there in search of job opportunities.


Pétion-Ville is a wealthier part of Haiti, in which many multiracial Haitians live. Avenues like Laboule and Morne Calvaire are known for their palatial mansions. There is an extreme, almost feudal divide between rich and poor in Haiti. The gated and privately guarded neighborhoods resemble a Haitian version of Beverly Hills, but with razor wire. Most residents of Pétion-Ville are affluent in comparison with residents of most other parts of the country. Pétion-Ville has more security than the center of Port-au-Prince, and in general, than the other major cities of Haiti.


The community is very stable, with nightlife and business conducted with an appearance of western normality, in striking contrast to many other parts of greater Port-au-Prince. The hillside suburban town is filled with nightclubs, beauty salons, fitness gyms and French restaurants. Businesses which cater to tourists are commonplace, and parties and get-togethers often take place at night. Establishments often host considerable expatriates and foreigners of a similar calibre.

Part of the description above is taken from the Wikipedia article Pétionville with patent CC-BY-SA. The full list of those who have contributed to the drafting of the article is available here.