The new urbanism movement in Nicaragua is reshaping the area into a community full of vitality where people of all backgrounds can come together and work, live and play. In the past, only the poor and extremely wealthy remained in the city limits to work, and the middle class people lived in the suburbs and commuted to work daily. Now, instead of a disparate difference between the rich and the poor, every aspect of the city is integrated.
People are adopting healthier habits such as walking and biking to work instead of sitting in a car for hours. This has reduced foreign dependence on oil and also produced cleaner air for workers. New urbanism has many implications that will change Nicaraguan cities for the better.
How New Urbanism Will Help Communities
Experts hope that new urbanism will create a more social environment where people shop locally and learn more about their neighbors. These two acts alone will help to facilitate a more integrated community. With integrated communities, fewer people will become statistics in the city because everyone takes care of each other and ensures they are doing well. As much as possible, neighbors ensure that all other neighborÂs needs are met.
When people rely on cars as the primary mode of transportation, people live farther from their neighbors. A disunited community is formed, and the goal of new urbanism is not accomplished. Thus, healthy living is encouraged through biking and walking instead of driving. More communities are adopting this lifestyle, and it is working.
New urbanism also encourages the use of communal spaces for gatherings. These gatherings can include events to help people learn to protect the area, each other and their health. When communal pride is developed, people take more ownership, and people grow to care about one another instead of taking from one another.
How New Urbanism Has Changed Nicaragua
Many new foreign retirees and investors have embraced new urbanism and are moving to Nicaragua to invest. They are buying properties and learning more about the local history and cultural practices in the area. Every community has developed a unique personality. Retirees and expatriates can choose the communities based upon their lifestyle, interests and activity levels.
New urbanism has introduced new and modern real estate with all the comforts of a North American home. The new urban homes have central heat and air and upgraded modern appliances. The homes also have adequate parking for those people who choose to drive. The floor plans are spacious and help residents truly enjoy their retirement in luxury condos or houses on or near the beach. The best part is that the homes are affordable and rentable if retirees do not want to remain in Nicaragua all year.
The communities are not isolated, but instead, the communities are open and inviting. Gran Pacifica is a perfect example of the type of communities available to retirees and expatriates. This community features all of the modern conveniences and is located in an area that is easily accessible to activities.
Nicaragua Tourism is Growing and Generating Investor Interest
Annually, Nicaraguan tourism grows at a rate of 20 percent. Tourists have so many beaches to visit and things to do. Any person who invests in Nicaragua will be able to rent their condos and homes during tourist season if the need arises. Nicaragua is a great place to invest and retire.