Port Cities, Heritage Cities. A comparative perspective on maritime cultural quarters

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Tommarchi, E. (2020). Port Cities, Heritage Cities. A comparative perspective on maritime cultural quarters. Portus Plus. (9), pp. 1-18.
AuthorsTommarchi, E.
Abstract

With the aim of diversifying local economies or assisting port competitiveness, policy makers in many European port cities have been implementing urban and cultural policies that mobilise maritime history and heritage. ‘Maritime cultural quarters’ are examples of these policies. These waterfront environments build on local maritime cultures and include restored maritime heritage assets and cultural facilities. Waterfront redevelopment (whether or not
culture-led) has extensively been commented in the literature. However, the role of emerging maritime cultural quarters in port-city relationships is underexplored.
This paper provides a comparative perspective on the emergence in European port cities of maritime cultural quarters,defined as assemblages of maritime heritage assets, maritime-related cultural and leisure facilities and public spaces, which are designed to provide a maritime cultural
offer. We argue that maritime cultural quarters should be explored as a contingent aspect of the touristification and
overtouristification of many European port cities and are distinct from other forms of waterfront regeneration. Maritime cultural quarters can contribute to the retightening
of symbolic port-city relationships. However, issues of authenticity, commodification of maritime cultures, standardisation of urban environments and demaritimisation need to be addressed.

KeywordsEuropean port cities; Maritime cultural quarters; Maritime heritage
Year2020
JournalPortus Plus
Journal citation(9), pp. 1-18
PublisherRETE
ISSN2039-6422
Web address (URL)https://portusplus.org/index.php/pp/issue/view/9
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