Industry and Housing in San Pedro de Macoris.

INDUSTRY AND HOUSING IN SAN PEDRO DE MACORIS.

Buildings within the organic development are small, close together and built without any clear designation of land or cadastre. The houses are constructed as close to one another as possible, and the density of the area is considerably higher than the rest of the city. The structures seem to be haphazardly put together, and adapted to the setting. The development extends all the way to the river’s edge, and there are no wasted spaces. The factory building, the river’s edge, one of the main roads through the city and the cemetery form four physical edges that surround the organic development. These edges clearly define boundaries of the organic space and separate it from the rest of the city, making the nature of its development clear, and indicating that it may have developed as a result of the construction of the factory and the booming sugar industry9.

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Figureground map on the industrial area and its surroundings.

Figure ground map highlighting different land uses in the area.

Figure ground map highlighting different land uses in the area.

The addition of the industrial development and the subsequent organic, low-cost housing on the outskirts of San Pedro de Macoris has changed the character of the city and greatly altered the urban form11. The city is no longer dominated by mixed use commercial and residential buildings and is now viewed as an industrial city. The shift from fishing village to sugar production hub of the Dominican Republic has altered the demographic and changed the primary industry and source of jobs within the city. This has led to the development of lower socio economic areas and numerous perceived edges within the city. These perceived edges create a segregation between the organic residential spaces and the original, planned areas. Original residents of San Pedro de Macoris, may see themselves as superior to the Haitian and Cuban migrants and may not be willing to interact or visit the newer portions of the city that have developed as a result of the influx of people. The industrial development had become a major landmark within the city, and along with other similar developments around the city, the perception of San Pedro de Macoris, and the character of the city have been altered.

Standard housing in the planned areas on the city.

Standard housing in the planned areas on the city.

Standard housing in the planned areas on the city.

Standard housing in the planned areas on the city.

Industrial development shown alongside the sugar cane fields.

Industrial development shown alongside the sugar cane fields.

Examples of various organic developments in the City are shown below.

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An organic development along the Macoris River

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An overview of the organic development.

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A typical street in the slum area.

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