Tuesday, May 02, 2006

San Jose will collapse within 15 years: UCR report

Costa Rica's capital, San Jose, could collapse before 2020, according to a new UCR report.(insidecostarica.com) - A study by the University of Costa Rica (UCR) concludes that if the disorderly growth of the Great Metropolitan Area (GAM) - San José and its surroundings - continues, contamination will quadruple and quality of life will be practically unsustainable.

The report says that by 2018 the government should build at least 21 kilometres of new roads to meet the growing number of vehicles, which will add to the contamination of the air.

Also required to meet the growth is the construction of at least 335.000 homes to meet the demands of a growing population, will all add to the social disorder if no measures are taken today. As the infrastructure fails and cannot meet the number of vehicles, the city will come apart and will see an increase in conflict for services and hostilities between the rich and the poor.

The experts recommend that the cities find a balance between built up areas and conservation and recreational areas. The report says that the cities that make up the GAM need to put into place a system of public transport that has priority and study the models of other urban centres that have placed a priority on public transit.

Some alarming numbers from the report:

- In the last 11 years the GAM has grown by 80%

- More than 1.000.000 vehicles are now circulating the streets, a 10% growth in the last year

- 80% of the contamination is caused by vehicles

I wanted to post this article to show readers from all over the world that I also post the ugly news about Costa Rica. Although, so far, none of you has accused me of showing only the nice side of Tiquicia, I decided to be proactive and prove that I'm trying to be as impartial as I can on my blog. With this post and the one about the sewage problem I want to prove that I'm not just trying to lure tourists to Costa Rica with a "Costa-Rica-is-a-paradise" approach.

1 comment:

Erin R. said...

This really upsets me... in fact, it scares the crap out of me. But at least the govt has 15 years to whip the city into shape. Let's hope they take heed.

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