Exploring San Jose

As San Jose grew as a city it grew around the coffee and banana industries.  Because of this the city was built with a layout that made it easier to export these products around the country and to the coast where they would be sent around the world.  Evidence of this is that the train tracks to the coast from the city.

From my perspective, San Jose and Pittsburgh today have little in common.  They were both build around an industry, for Pittsburgh it was steel and for San Jose it was bananas and coffee.  San Jose’s involvement in the coffee and banana industries, much like Pittsburghs involvement in the steel industry, allowed it to attract workers and grow.  With this growth can more industry involvement, domestic and international trade, and residential development.  Today both cities focus less on their foundational industry and have diversified while putting more emphasis on sustainability and environmental protection. 

The absence of addresses in San Jose, or Costa Rica as a whole, may have been feasible in the past and may still be an acceptable method of locating things, however, as the country and cities grow it will only become more complicated.  Not using addresses provides a major logistical issue for delivering things such as mail and can pose a major problem for the countries tourism. Even if every house is very unique then the deliverer of the package or the traveler will be prone to mistakes.  These mistakes, or the time it takes to find the places where things should be delivered, pose a major issue in the supply chain.  The use of ambiguous directions could result in incorrect of inconsistent delivery of raw materials or the failure for people such as tourists to reach their desired destination. If San Jose, and Costa Rica, wants to continue to expand and streamline the economy they should institute an addressing system.

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