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Assessment of Urban Attractiveness of Port Cities in Southern Italy—A Case Study of Torre Annunziata

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Author(s): Antonia Gravagnuolo | Mariarosaria Angrisano

Journal: Sustainability
ISSN 2071-1050

Volume: 5;
Issue: 9;
Start page: 3906;
Date: 2013;
Original page

Keywords: port cities | waterfront regeneration | resilience | sustainable development | creativity | post-industrial city | urban competition

ABSTRACT
The aim of this paper is to assess the strength and weakness factors of post-industrial cities located in the Gulf of Naples in order to propose the most effective regeneration strategies towards a sustainable development of the urban coastline. This paper focuses on the city of Torre Annunziata and in particular on its industrial port area and waterfront. The analysis suggests that a sustainable development would be possible through the redesign and new functionalization of the waterfront and port area, improving resilience and creativity in order to integrate economic growth, ecological preservation and social opportunities. Thus, this paper is a proposal for a participative approach to the regeneration of the urban waterfront, enhancing the creative potential of the city and developing a new image for the waterfront that could become the strategic vision for a future economic, environmental and cultural development. A comparison between the waterfronts of Torre Annunziata and La Spezia has been carried out in order to assess what are the most effective choices for the future of Torre Annunziata, followed by an applicative process based on interviews.
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