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Costa Rica aims for urban natural parks to improve wellness in cities

Some 60% of Costa Rica's population lives in the GAM, which constitutes only 4% of the national territory.

Construction set to begin on San José-spanning riverwalk

“Today marks the beginning of a dream in which a group of citizens bet on a crazy idea and it’s becoming a reality," said director Federico Cartín.

Gender and the city: improving equality in Costa Rica through urban design

Gender affects the way we use a city's spaces and services — and it should affect the way they are planned and built, according to participants at a recent conference in San José.

Community park reflects big goals for urban planning in Curridabat

A virtually unused space near the train tracks in Freses, Curridabat, has become a community-designed space for chatting, gardening, listening to live music... and eating fish and chips.

Parque La Libertad: a community oasis in Desamparados

Parque La Libertad may be exactly what the area needs: accessible green space, free extra-curricular classes, and a plethora of fresh-air activities, from safe jogging trails to a skate park.

Río Torres festival aims to help clean up one of San José’s most polluted rivers

The state of Río Torres, which runs through nine cantons in the San José metropolitan area, is deplorable. Not only are fecal matter and trash found in the river, but also toxic substances such as mercury and oil. It’s hard to imagine any living organism surviving in the rushing water, but believe it or not, people still bathe in the river.

Culture Ministry won’t budge on Legislative Assembly building permits

Culture Minister Elizabeth Fonseca on Monday rejected another request by the Legislative Assembly's directorate to approve building permits for a new Assembly complex in downtown San José, at the legislature's current location.

Lawmakers, Culture Ministry clash over construction of new Legislative Assembly facilities

At 2 p.m. on Tuesday Costa Rica's Culture Ministry issued a press release confirming they will not approve construction permits for a new complex that would have housed the Legislative Assembly in downtown San José.

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