For years San José, Costa Rica experienced an exodus of people to the suburbs and urban blight. But things are beginning to change as part an urban renaissance with forgotten areas now starting to blossom. Pedestrian thoroughfares cross the city, and hip neighborhoods like Barrio Amón and Barrio Escalante are drawing people back to the city. The latter is the city’s gastronomic zone and is dotted with a variety of restaurants and micro breweries. Outdoor cultural activities are held more and more frequently. For example, ‘Enamorate de tu Ciudad (Fall in Love with Your City), is a program of workshops and performances in urban parks sponsored by the Culture Ministry.
It is hoped that the construction of several high-rise condo projects will draw the millennial generation back into the heart of the city and help revitalize it. The city’s Jade Museum, National theater, restaurants, multitude of shopping on Avenida Central, soon-to be refurbished Central Market are other attractions which beckon people.
The San Antonio River Walk (also known simply as the River Walk) is a city park and network of walkways along the banks of the San Antonio river, one story beneath the streets of the city of San Antonio, Texas. Lined by bars, shops, restaurants, nature, public artwork, and the five historic missions, the River Walk is one of the city’s ousted features.
Now San José will have its own version of Riverwalk — a 25-kilometer ecological urban pathway throughout the city. This project will eventually connect three key San José locations: La Sabana Park on the western side of the city, La Paz Park to the south, and the sports complex at the University of Costa Rica to the east. The goal is to allow people to walk, bike, run or skate across the city on riverbank paths.
The first section of the pathway will be 3.5 meters wide and 2.5 meters high, and take advantage of the pathway’s natural assets. These include a forested area in which people will walk in the shade, and a more tropical area with characteristic Costa Rican vegetation.
A bilingual video about the goals of project can be found http://rutasnaturbanas.org