San José, the city and its evolution. Lossing Urban Cohesion


  • Zuhra Sasa


urban development, urban cohesion, socio-spatial segregation, urban fragmentation.


The quest for spatial continuities, which contribute to urban and social cohesion in many Latin American cities, inevitably confronts us with socio-spatial segregation factors that determine the urban dynamics of use and enjoyment. These factors of segregation at the main cities and metropolitan territories have been building invisible barriers, which under the different production and control modes; have become part of the urban landscapes and livelihoods.
To value a city such as San José de Costa Rica, mainly in terms of urban cohesion, is to put in value its historical, economic and urban development as well as the social dynamics and its reflection in the appropriation of the city. We find today, as well as in its first expansion, an urban center with scarce housing, widely dispersed political and economic control centers. We also find a market and economic function with a central cultural activity. Housing zones surrounding the center, present clearly the socio-economic differences that compose to be Costa Rican urban today



How to Cite

Sasa, Zuhra. 2017. “San José, the City and Its Evolution. Lossing Urban Cohesion”. On the W@terfront 52 (April):9-69.