THE URBAN FORM OF SAN PEDRO DE MACORIS.
The Forma Urbis map of San Pedro de Macoris clearly displays the erratic growth of the city. The map indicates that the city has not grown in a specific direction, or in any specific manner, and instead, various small developments are evident in the outskirts of the city. The map highlights key paths through the city as well as its connection to natural elements within its surroundings. The Forma Urbis also displays the limitations regarding the growth of the city, in terms of natural elements such as the Macoris River and the Caribbean Sea. The map chooses to disregard the portion of the city across the river, as it has been determined to be too far away to be considered as an element of the urban fabric of San Pedro de Macoris.
The expansion map of San Pedro de Macoris reaffirms the random nature of the city’s growth. The spaces shown in orange, represent future developments, or developing areas of the city that are not yet at as established as the rest of the cityscape. The map also indicates that the expansion of the city is informed by the presence of existing traffic corridors. This is evident in the fact that each of the new developments has at least one major traffic linkage running through it.
As previously mentioned, San Pedro de Macoris is the main city in the countries sugar industry. This explains the presence of large industrial areas within the urban landscape. There is not one centralised industrial zone within the city and this is another factor which may have affected the growth and expansion of San Pedro de Macoris. The city follows the pattern of a typical industrialized settlement in that all the services are centralised in a function based area. An example of this is the various industrial zones on the outskirts of the city and schools and hospitals in the centre. The map also highlights that apart from the major transport corridors in and out of the city, there is not a developed road network within the established urban areas of the city.
The figure ground map of the inner city area of San Pedro de Macoris clearly depicts the layout and scale of built structures within the urban fabric.