Sucre, Bolivia, and the Quiddity of Place

The notion of "geographical personality" serves as a focus for a phenomenological approach to place whose aim is to converge space, time, and experience without abstract theorization or sharp separation of subject and object. This article applies that perspective to Sucre (formerly La Plata) which has a sixteenth-century foundation with a strong Hispanic tradition tied to the silver riches of Potosí. Personal affinity for this city as a model for a felicitous urban texture has come from retrieving its past and injecting an experiential dimension that unleashed a cascade of questions instigated by simply being there.