23th February 2017
Harbour and urban development – cooperation, strategy and growthThe harbours play a vital role in several larger Danish cities. The decisions taken these years will be crucial in terms of the function of the ports for years to come. The influences of these decisions will be massive, both in terms of how the port functions should relate to the surrounding city; but also for the future city as such, in terms of citizen composition, city-branding, and municipal economy. For example, in Aalborg, Aarhus and Copenhagen the inner ports are being deindustrialized and transformed into cultural institutions and spectacular architecture. It is also known that ports amenity can generate large profits for the construction industry and increased local tax revenues in the form of commercial and residential buildings, increasing the number of jobs available in the cities. But there are also other ways in which the city and port can be linked, e.g. via innovative business networks, social sustainability, tourism and entrepreneurship. No matter what it requires a holistic effort across key stakeholders (municipal, commercial, industrial, housing associations, citizen groups), including municipal, unanimous willingness to invest political and financial capital as part of a long- term strategy to make the right decision on how to transform a urban harbour.
How can we make a city- and harbour development which is holistic, social sustainable and growth-related?
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