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    Hello from Puerto Rico

    I'm an Urban Planner and GIS Specialist. My primary interests are land development economics and municipal administration, zonning and GIS applications for small budget entities.

    I'll appreciate reference suggestions about aforementioned subjects. Emails from anyone willing to know more about Puerto Rico are welcome.

    Marisol

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    Quote Originally posted by marisolrodz
    I'm an Urban Planner and GIS Specialist. My primary interests are land development economics and municipal administration, zonning and GIS applications for small budget entities.

    I'll appreciate reference suggestions about aforementioned subjects. Emails from anyone willing to know more about Puerto Rico are welcome.

    Marisol
    Welcome!

    You are in luck. I gathered some resources for GIS for small budget entities once before. You can find them here: Resources about small town and rural GIS

    (From this thread: A Citizen Planner's Tool Box )

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    Thanks

    Thanks Michele, you seems to be a great source of information.

    For years I've been working on GIS projects, primarily for municipalities, and it is so frustrating to see, and sometimes even recomend, spending big amounts of money for hardware and software destinated to be misused. Plus the permanent fight with vendors to stop the presure to the administrators for constant upgrades.

    Now, I'm teaching GIS and been on the other side is a great opportunity to show future GIS technicians, designers or managers to be more realistic in terms of the cost, training and maintenance of GIS operations and open their minds against monopoly.

    Thanks again.





    Quote Originally posted by Michele Zone
    Welcome!

    You are in luck. I gathered some resources for GIS for small budget entities once before. You can find them here: Resources about small town and rural GIS

    (From this thread: A Citizen Planner's Tool Box )

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    Welcome from Michigan. I've been to old San Juan once. Neat place.

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    Welcome from Central Florida!

    Maybe you could post some pics of your area?

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    Thanks to all

    I'll try to find nice pics of PR to publish. Unfortunately, I'm not very proud about our urban sprawl, but we definitively are a great case study of what not to do with your limited resources.

    Marisol

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    Welcome to Cyburbia, Marisol! Us latinos are seriously under represented here, so thanks for joining. I hope you stick around here and enojy the fun here with these gringos!

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    Walkable places

    I certainly agree. I lived in Valladolid, Spain in 1993. That was such a great time, going to the market every morning, walking to parks and public places without the stress of where to park, how much parking and gas are going to cost or if you are going to have a car when you return. Unfortunately, that is gradually changing in some european cities to emulate United States patterns. Valladolid got its first Burger King in 1993 close to a big mega store (El Corte Inglés) with a relatively big parking space.

    When visiting Valladolid again in 2003, I didn't walk or use public transportation to get to the town. Friends who used to frecuent traditional markets and lived in the town center now where into the shopping mall culture and moved to the suburbs. Also traditional stores turn out to be souvenir stores for tourists and huge lots were converted into paking areas.

    Is that progress? I bet no. I'm sad for what they are loosing and hope they could control the incoming avalanche.

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    Hi Skeleton

    Are you that skinny? Or just a He-Man fan? Where are you from? Any Spanish?

    I have nothing against gringos except politics, and that's long story for puertoricans. I'm sure I'll have a great time hanging out with all the group.

    Thanks.

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    Welcome from NE Florida. I once lived in PR, but that was a long time ago.

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    Welcome from another Florida planner.

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    Bienvenidos!

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    Quote Originally posted by marisolrodz
    Thanks Michele, you seems to be a great source of information.

    For years I've been working on GIS projects, primarily for municipalities, and it is so frustrating to see, and sometimes even recomend, spending big amounts of money for hardware and software destinated to be misused. Plus the permanent fight with vendors to stop the presure to the administrators for constant upgrades.
    You are welcome. And here is another post you might find interesting: Free GIS sources

    From this thread, which you might also find interesting/relevant. (And, no, I have not yet uploaded GRASS to my computer. Sigh. I know it was many moons ago that I said I intended to. I have been overwhelmed by events. )

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    Greetings from Kansas

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    Hola Marisol

    My name is Fernando Coriano. I was born a long time ago in Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras to be exact. Good to see a Broquie on this thread. I am a Commisiioner of Housing and Redevelopment in Sacramento, California and also serve on several Housing Boards. Soy ingeniero civil. Good to here from you.

    FMC

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    My office mate is from PR. Even though she has posted an Old San Juan article on our door, I really dont know much about it except that when she had my wife and I over for dinner, it was GOOD.

    She did mention that there are more Puerto Ricans living in the US than on the island... is this true?

    Anyway, welcome.

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    Welcome from NE Wisconsin!

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    Quote Originally posted by marisolrodz
    I'm an Urban Planner and GIS Specialist. My primary interests are land development economics and municipal administration, zonning and GIS applications for small budget entities.

    I'll appreciate reference suggestions about aforementioned subjects. Emails from anyone willing to know more about Puerto Rico are welcome.

    Marisol
    Anyone know of any opportunities this summer in San Juan or parts of Puerto Rico in urban planning? I will be starting as a graduate student this fall, and I just got back from Puerto Rico last night and I was thinking that there was a loottt of development going on there, maybe there would be some job opportunities in some planning-related work...

    If you hear of anything, please let me know. I will be enrolling as a graduate student in Planning at Columbia this Fall.

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    Bienvenidos
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