San Juan, the capital of Puerto Rico, once enjoyed a thriving economy, buttressed by low-cost labor and government investment. But the withdrawal of tax incentives in the mid-1990s led to a significant decrease in foreign investment. The problem was compounded by the financial crisis in 2008, and the city has struggled to maintain adequate funding for infrastructure and services. In areas such as public transportation, which does have reliable infrastructure, they are taking steps to improve the system’s efficiency and effectiveness.

San Juan has made progress developing plans to respond to natural disasters such as storms, earthquakes, and tsunamis, but strained economic resources must be marshalled to support both prevention and response strategies. The mayor has also made social and community engagement a cornerstone of her strategy, helping to incorporate the voices of marginalized communities into San Juan’s planning.

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  • Coastal / Tidal Flooding
  • Declining Population / Human Capital Flight
  • Disease Outbreak
  • Earthquake
  • Hurricane / Typhoon / Cyclone
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  • Rainfall Flooding

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