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Archive for February, 2010

Coordination with communities

We have had little luck finding an urban community with a desire to work on the project. After unsuccessful negotiations with Ciudadelas de Libertad we decided to look for another community to continue the work. However, we have seen that it is more difficult to find instances of local involvement in urban communities. In Tirrases we had to suspend the process due to the lack of interest of the people involved.

These two situations lead us to believe that the most difficult problem faced in urban areas is precisely the sense of “belonging”. Urban communities in Costa Rica are increasingly shaped by migrants from rural areas or passing students who reside in them during the week to attend classes. Moreover, with the recent spike in crime we are experiencing a very strong process of individuation, which locks people into their private property and hamper their relationships with neighbors and the collective bodies of their neighborhoods.

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