The use and appropriation of public spaces are one of the fundamental aspects in the studies on the daily life of the people who live in the city. The experiences are diverse due to factors such as age, sex, social class and ethnical identity affect experience and perceptions of urban life. From a sociocultural perspective, public spaces are defined as places of interaction of social encounter and interchange, where groups with diverse interests converge (Borja and Muxi 2001). The sense of place considers the place as a social construction or a subjetivation of the places as a manner to analyze the way “space”, understood as something abstract and generic, becomes a “place” due to the experience and actions of the individuals who, living it daily, humanize and fill it of contents and meanings (Massey 1995). This study, framed within the qualitative paradigm, presents as an advance some results of a mayor research which has the goal of knowing the experiences of the citizens at the public spaces of their neighborhood and the city as well the environmental appraisal. A close and open-ended question questionnaire was applied to an intentional sample of 36 subjects in two organizations. They were selected because of their position in them, and their place of residence in the city of San Cristobal, Venezuela. Urban social life of subjects goes through public, parochial and private realm. Although the traditional public spaces are still significant in their environmental experiences, and they are still used frequently in their neighborhood; there is a tendency towards the privatization of recreation due to the influence of imaginaries of fear, as consequence of insecurity, shortage and deterioration perceived at the existing public spaces in their residential neighborhoods and the city. Consequently, a progressive process of appropriation of contemporary public spaces (informal closed spaces) is observed. However, they have not acquired the relevance and resonance of the traditional public spaces that compete with them yet. Regardless of the subjects’ expressed interest to participate actively in the future development of their neighborhood and the city, most of them do not perceive it as part of their future projects.