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The role of national identity and tourism in city planning: the case of Valletta

Smith, Andrew (2010) The role of national identity and tourism in city planning: the case of Valletta. Urban Research & Practice, 3 (1). pp. 63-84. ISSN 1753-5069

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17535060903534206

Abstract

Decisions regarding the design, conservation and regeneration of urban areas are influenced by a number of factors. In cities that function as national monuments, matters of national identity and tourism are inevitably prioritized. While these objectives may be compatible, there are concerns that good planning practice and liveability of cities is compromised. This paper analyses these issues through a detailed analysis of Valletta, the capital city of Malta. The paper concludes that an over-emphasis on tourism and national projects has affected Valletta's liveability and, paradoxically, it has made the city less attractive to tourists and less representative of Malta.

Item Type:Article
Research Community:University of Westminster > Architecture and the Built Environment, School of
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Deposited On:19 Apr 2011 16:19
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