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|City and Commune|
Vásquez Palace, the town hall for the Municipality of Macul.
|Coordinates (city): Coordinates:|
|• Alcalde||Sergio Puyol Carreño (PDC)|
|• Total||12.9 km2 (5.0 sq mi)|
|Population (2002 Census)|
|• Density||8,700/km2 (23,000/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CLT  (UTC-4)|
|• Summer (DST)||CLST  (UTC-3)|
|Area code(s)||56 +|
|Website||Municipality of Macul|
Macul (Quechua: "to stretch out right hand") is a commune (smallest administrative subdivision in Chile) of Chile located in the central-eastern part of the Greater Santiago area, bordered by the communes of Ñuñoa to the north, San Joaquín to the west, Peñalolén to the east and La Florida to the south.
It is a predominantly residential and industrial zone, but its activities have been increasing and diversifying, which has forced a gradual change in terms of infrastructure and equipment.
Macul was one of 5 indigenous villages that was located in the region of Ñuñohue prior to the arrival of the Spaniards. Its economy was heavily based on agriculture due to the fertile soil that makes up the area.
By the seventeenth century, the Ñuñoa area kept its agricultural character, however began the development of a road system that had strengthened its ties with the city of Santiago. During the nineteenth century there were a number of changes and developments that changed the purely rural character of Ñuñoa and Macul, some of the more prevalent changes were: the construction of railways, housing developments and the enactment of the Autonomous Commune Law.
Since 1930, Ñuñoa has been strengthening its residential character and due to its very accessible infrastructure for transportation and communications with the rest of the city, it is now developed as a largely industrialized settlement, with a good number of factories making their home in Ñuñoa.
Beginning in 1960, the territory of Macul seizes to be an urban expansion area to the city of Santiago, reaching critical mass and the maximum for developing land as an urban area, making its status 100% developed. This proclamation is terminated in the early 1970s with the opening of the Américo Vespucio Ringroad, allowing for further development.
In 1981, Ñuñoa was subdivided into three communes: Ñuñoa, Peñalolén and Macul. It wasn't until 1984 when Macul officially became a munincipality and begins to operate. The munincipality is now allowed to exercise its authority over the fully urbanized territory of all three communes. Macul even had a significant industrial sector before combining with the commune of Ñuñoa.
Since 1992, the municipal authorities are elected every four years via popular vote.
As a commune, Macul is a third-level administrative division of Chile administered by a municipal council, headed by an alcalde who is elected by popular vote every four years. The 2008-2012 alcalde was Sergio Puyol Carreño (PDC), who is advised by council members:
- Carmen Calderon Porb
Twenty neighborhood units divide the commune, they constitute instances of assembly and participation of neighbors of the same area or district in the search for problems and concerns. Each time the municipal administration is characterized by the Cabildos Communal that the authority made such bases, which results in a Community Development Plan Macul, in which all participate.
Within the electoral divisions of Chile, Macul is represented in the Chamber of Deputies by Felipe Salaberry (UDI) and Ximena Vidal (PPD) as part of the 25th electoral district, (together with San Joaquín and La Granja). The commune is represented in the Senate by Soledad Alvear (PDC) and Pablo Longueira (UDI) as part of the 8th senatorial constituency (Santiago-East).
In the educational ambit, the commune of Macul is home to the San Joaquín Campus of the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, which is located on the eastern side of Vicuña Mackenna Avenue. The campus hosts several faculties and featured labs, libraries, casinos and sport fields of excellent quality for undergraduate and graduate students. Macul is also home to the athletic campus of the University of the Americas called Campus One (Sports Complex UDLA). This campus is the result of the union of ONE, a company of Hans Gildemeister and Universidad de Las Americas, to promote physical activity in the University community.
Another higher education institution with facilities in Macul is INACAP, which replaced the former facilities of Colón and Tabancura Streets. The campus in Macul is the largest campus built in the country by INACAP, with more than 20,000 m2 (4.9 acres) of floor space on 30,000 m2 (7.4 acres) of land. The INACAP campus is located at the intersection of Vicuña Mackenna Avenue and Escuela Agricola Street.
Among the attractions of the commune is the Aquatic Club Macul, also Estadio Monumental David Arellano owned by the most popular team from Chile, Colo-Colo, and the training center of the selection Chilean football Juan Pinto Durán. It also adds Park Game Mechanics Port Aventura. For youth activity is one of the biggest clubs in Santiago which is located in Luxor Disco avenue Departmental and Creole restaurant grill "Donde la Cuca" which is characterized by its pleasing atmosphere and live music. The Vasquez Palace, also known as "The Macul Castle", a beautiful palace where does the municipality, located in the center of the commune, it is also an interesting tourist attraction to know.
According to the 2002 census of the National Statistics Institute, Macul spans an area of 12.9 km2 (5 sq mi) and has 112,535 inhabitants (53,667 men and 58,868 women), making the commune an entirely urban area. The population fell by 6.8% (8173 persons) between the 1992 and 2002 censuses.
- Average annual household income: US$19,004 (PPP, 2006)[not in citation given]
- Population below poverty line: 13.4% (2006)[dead link]
- Regional quality of life index: 80.30, high, 12 out of 52 (2005)
- Human Development Index: 0.806, 10 out of 341 (2003)
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- (Spanish) Municipality of Macul