Authors: Jose Torres*, Central Connecticut State University
Topics: Tourism Geography, Urban Geography, Europe
Keywords: tourism, urban redevelopment, sustainability, recreation, Portugal
Session Type: Poster
Start / End Time: 9:55 AM / 11:35 AM
Room: Lincoln 2, Marriott, Exhibition Level
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In recent years the city of Lisbon, Portugal has engaged in urban redevelopment projects that include the unblocking of views and of access to the northern bank of the Tejo (Tagus) River by tearing down built structures in order to create urban park spaces and/or open-air recreational spaces on the waterfront. This urban redevelopment project is different from others in places such as Boston and Baltimore in the United States, and Cardiff and Dundee in the United Kingdom in which new structures were built up to or very near the waterfront, creating gentrified spaces. This poster presents a case study that relies on reviews of published material as well as the author’s fieldwork to explain which urban regeneration and urban tourism practices account for Lisbon’s redevelopment of the Tagus riverbank in the form of new open recreational spaces, and to explain how, as hybrid resident-tourist spaces, open-air recreational spaces differ from other types of urban tourism spaces. The results of the study and the analysis of the redevelopment of the Tagus riverbank provides a comparative framework that explains how, while traditional urban tourism spaces and gentrified urban tourism spaces focus more on specific attractions and leisurely consumption, respectively, the emerging practice of redeveloping waterfronts in the form of open recreational spaces in places such as the Tagus riverbank focuses on sustainable practices that benefit riverbank urban landscapes as well as local residents and visiting tourists.