Spatial Expansion on Lima's Costa Verde

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2016-04-29
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Scheuring, Brandon
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This project examines spatial growth and allocation in Lima Peru’s Costa Verde. The region is governed by the six autonomous municipalities that comprise it, each with their own visions for the region. The Costa Verde is characterized by cliffs topped with high-rises, plunging abruptly into the Pacific Ocean. Along the ocean below the cliffs is a narrow strip of land that has become the focus of municipal developers and of this project. There have been many phases of expanding the coastal shelf to make new real estate. Because of the strong Humboldt Current, being situated on the Pacific Ring of Fire, and global climate change, the threats are numerous for the expansion. What this project aims to do is: 1.) Measure the amount of growth of the Costa Verde coastal shelf for each of the six municipalities; 2.) Illustrate how each of the municipalities has developed their portion of the Costa Verde based on demographics, length of coast, and access points; 3.) Use the preceding findings to confirm or nullify statements I have received from participants in the ethnographic portion of my Master’s thesis project concerning the same topic.

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