GLOBAL AND LOCAL CHANGE ON THE PORT-CITY WATERFRONT*

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    The author gratefully acknowledges the support of the Canadian government and the Nuffield Foundation in facilitating the fieldwork, in Canada and in East Africa, respectively, on which parts of this article are based; useful discussions with fellow participants at the 52nd Deutcher Geographentag, held in Hamburg in 1999, at which an earlier version of this article was presented; and the helpful comments of three anonymous referees.

Abstract

ABSTRACT. Successful waterfront redevelopment requires an understanding of global processes and an appreciation of the distinctiveness of port-city locations. Waterfront revitalization occurs at the problematic and controversial interface between port function and the broader urban environment. It reflects varied forces and trends, involves community attitudes and environmental sensitivities, and influences transport evolution and urban change. The revitalization phenomenon is examined using community attitudes in Canada and urban regeneration in East Africa to illustrate retrospective and prospective dimensions.

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