Santiago de Chile’s pocket parks

The Santiago Resilience Strategy identifies the recovery of empty lots through these pocket plazas as a priority initiative.

With a population of more than six million, the metropolitan region of Santiago is sixth biggest city in South America and the cultural, political, and financial capital of Chile.

Nestled high in the Andes, Santiago claims nearly half of Chile’s total GDP through its strong business service and manufacturing sectors.

These neglected areas and their associated ill-effects detract from touristic image, the aesthetic qualities of an area, and overall social cohesionOne of the main stresses surfaced by the city’s Resilience Strategy development process is that of vacant, blighted lots and properties; the Santiago Metropolitan Area has over 4,000 empty lots covering about 65 square kilometers (or around 25 square miles – larger than the island of Manhattan). This is intertwined with another of the city’s main identified stresses – that of poor security and a perception among residents of high crime rates.

Poorly maintained and lacking proper lighting and security, the vacant lots fill with litter, becoming fire hazards, and attracting more serious crimes such as destruction of property, gang violence, or illicit drug and alcohol trade.

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