The development of Latin American cities has been characterized by an inadequate process of nature appropriation, that could be observed in the urban space fragmentation and in the disproportionate distribution of environmental threaten and amenities among different socioeconomic groups of inhabitants. To analyze and assess spatial relationship between environmental risks and socioeconomic groups, two urban communes, Peñalolen and San Pedro de la Paz, were chosen. Further, the distribution of such threats and their relations with mechanisms that are acting over the physical vulnerability of socioeconomic groups were taken into consideration. In the case of San Pedro de la Paz, it is possible to observe a large exposition of the poorest people to environmental threats. In the case of Peñalolen, income level differences are acting as a determinant factor in the capacity to reduce physical vulnerability.
Vásquez, A., & Salgado, M. (2009). Desigualdades socioeconómicas y distribución inequitativa de los riesgos ambientales en las comunas de Peñalolén y San Pedro de la Paz. Una perspectiva de justicia ambiental. Revista de Geografia Norte Grande, (43), 95–110. https://doi.org/10.4067/s0718-34022009000200006