Latin American Studies ETDs

Publication Date



The departure of the Navy in 2003, paired with extensive media coverage throughout the U.S., resulted in increased demand for real estate in Vieques. Most properties were bought by land speculators and baby-boomers from the U.S. The increase in demand caused prices to skyrocket, quadrupling prices in just four years. Activists, residents and government officials are now concerned that low-to-middle income Viequense families, who account for the majority of the population, are unable to afford property in their own community. The aim of this thesis is to document the real estate market trends in Vieques, demonstrate how rising prices and an influx of outsiders have impacted the local community and document local housing initiatives.




Real Estate Boom, Community Based Practice, Gentrification, Housing Boom, Vacation Homes, Navy, Speculation, Affordable Housing

Document Type


Degree Name

Community and Regional Planning

Second Degree Name

Latin American Studies

Level of Degree


Department Name

School of Architecture and Planning

Second Department

Latin American Studies

First Committee Member (Chair)

Cordova, Teresa

Second Committee Member

Binder, Melissa