The New Urbanism in Nicaragua is Inspired in Part By Granada

Posted by Gran Pacifica on Aug 8, 2013 9:57:09 AM

Urbanism In NicaraguaThe New Urbanism in Nicaragua may not be so new after all. In fact, its roots go back five centuries to a set of laws drafted to regulate the Spanish colonies of the time.

The "Leyes de Indias," as they were called, were laws that actually addressed all aspects of life in the Americas. Nicaragua's city of Granada was laid out according to these guidelines.

Today, a city like Granada that is many centuries old shares a common trait with a modern community like Gran Pacifica – both are very walkable. Gran Pacifica honors the heritage of the western side of Nicaragua by opting for a neighborhood feel, rather than the feel of a subdivision.

Subdivisions Can Isolate

Traditional subdivisions tend to pay homage to the automobile at the expense of human interaction. Homeowners return from work and pull right into the garage. Property lots are big enough to isolate neighbors from one another. Those living only a few doors away may not see each other more than a few times a year, if that.

Contrast that with the concept around which Granada was designed. Clearly, this city was developed long before motorized transportation came into existence. Key destinations were often within walking distance. Neighborhoods fostered, rather than inhibited, casual and friendly interaction among neighbors.

The Limits of the Urban Jungle

Gran Pacifica stands in marked contrast to other Central American developments marked by high-rise condos and heavy traffic. Whereas some areas appear to have merely transplanted the inhospitable terrain of the urban jungle from places like Florida to countries in Latin America, Gran Pacifica embraces the walkable neighborhood. That is, Gran Pacifica seeks to emulate some of the best of those Spanish urban design elements that went into creating communities like Granada many centuries ago.

Human Interaction and the New Urbanism

As a result, there is a difference in the way residents interact in this New Urbanism in Nicaragua. Â They may greet each other as they stroll to a neighborhood restaurant for dinner. They may stop for some good conversation. The places where they work, live and play may all be within walking distance of one another.

The pollution generated by automobiles is minimized in such a community. Indeed, at times, the automobile is almost superfluous. Granada's citizens of centuries ago interacted just fine without motorized transportation, and today, Gran Pacifica's residents embrace this more interactive, more sustainable way of life.

There are numerous ways that intelligent community design can minimize the carbon footprint; Nicaragua's New Urbanism as expressed at Gran Pacifica offers a blueprint for the future of neighborhood life.

Gran Pacifica

Written by Gran Pacifica

Gran Pacifica is a master planned community of over 2500 acres and 3.5 miles of Pacific coast line an hour west of Managua in Nicaragua. The company focuses on providing their international and domestic clientele with communities that feature first-rate amenities and infrastructure including underground utilities, paved streets and sidewalks. Gran Pacifica's primary demographic is North American Retirees and vacation homes in Nicaragua owners who enjoy living in a robust beach and golf community.

Topics: New Urbanism in Nicaragua