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Sustainability 2013, 5(9), 3941-3959; doi:10.3390/su5093941

Strategic Vision of a Euro-Mediterranean Port City: A Case Study of Palermo

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Department of Conservation of Architectural and Environmental Heritage, University of Naples Federico II, via Roma 402, Naples 80132, Italy
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Received: 1 September 2013 / Accepted: 5 September 2013 / Published: 16 September 2013
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Cities and Waterfront Infrastructure)
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Italian harbours assume a decisive role in order to develop a Euro-Mediterranean web for maritime transportation. The geostrategic position of the Italian peninsula can be seen as a logistic platform at the centre of the maritime trades in the Mediterranean area, giving to its port cities the role of gateway of economic flows. The port poles, meant as hubs, are able to attract investments and create economic growth and territorial development through new operative models of urban usage and management. The management policies have to consider the environmental characteristics and distinctive features, respecting the identity of the places as concrete evidence of history, a source of intellectual development and therefore, cultural richness. In this sense, the current strategic plan “Palermo capital of the Euro-Mediterranean area” imagines the whole city, and not just its harbour, as a “gate city”, a sustainable and cosmopolitan city in the view of a recentralization of the Mediterranean area. The research tests an evaluation method in support of urban planning, which increases the active role of stakeholders in terms of participation and access to the decision-making process of urban renewal strategies for Palermo to the Euro-Mediterranean.
Keywords: gate city; bottom-up approach; creative city; urban renewal; CIE; NAIADE gate city; bottom-up approach; creative city; urban renewal; CIE; NAIADE
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Nicolini, E.; Pinto, M.R. Strategic Vision of a Euro-Mediterranean Port City: A Case Study of Palermo. Sustainability 2013, 5, 3941-3959.

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