Inhabitants Perspectives in Front of Hurricanes Impact: Changes in the Urban and Commercial Development in a "Rururbano" Municipality of Puerto Rico

Authors: Amanda Feliciano*,
Topics: Development, Qualitative Research
Keywords: hurricane, perspectives, damage, urban development, population
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/11/2018
Start / End Time: 3:20 PM / 5:00 PM
Room: Napoleon Foyer/Common St. Corridor, Sheraton, 3rd Floor
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This research study if there has been a change in the urban development, in the municipality of Aguas Buenas, Puerto Rico, on the aftermath of hurricanes Irma and María. It focus on the perception of the neighbors and their initial reaction. Their experience and how they manage the situation before, during and after this natural disaster. When this municipality was severely affected by the loss of energy, water and communications. This municipality was chosen because it has a particularity, of being a "rururbano" town. Where there is a transition from rural to urban. Being a rural suburb, with an aged population and vastly wooden houses, located in the central mountain range. Encircle by the cities of the metropolitan area, south to the capital, San Juan. Making it a green lung in the middle of the urbanization. I suggest that this town with an urbanization goal, because of the impact of both hurricanes and the economic crisis that the country is confronting. There will be a slow recovery and a consequential delay in the urban and commercial development and a decrease in population. Because of its lack of all basics services, even after fifty days of those natural disasters. This was done by interviewing the residents, business owners and local government officials, to identify how they were prepared, responded and what they expect will be their eventual recovery. Also, by using aerial photographs, to compare the before and after of the impacts to estimate the damages left by the hurricane

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