Tourists in Historic Towns: Urban Conservation and Heritage Management

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In conclusion
Montgomery (1998:95), writing on the design of new cities, lists urban qualities that are appreciated by users:
• a sense of place;
• activity within and permeability of urban form;
• a mixture of building type and age;
• an involvement in the activity of change;
• an encouragement of diversity, mixed land ownership, and small and large businesses;
• social interaction in the public realm;
• a place that has identity, image and meaning;
• the adaptability of the urban environment and its buildings for longer than their intended life expectancy of function;
• human scale.

They are very much the qualities inherent and valued in historic towns. In the way they are intended for contemporary developments, the above guidelines should also be informing growth and change in historic towns. In times of rapid change historic towns and centres are a reference of stability through familiarity and recognition; but they are also dependent on ‘keeping up’ with change to remain valid and active.

Globally, change is taking place in many forms, some of it at unprecedented speed, such as is the case with information technology. Accessibility and location values are changing, and urban economies are moving from industry and production to service and consumption. The public and private sectors are no longer separate entities. Work, private and leisure time, and thus environments, are becoming linked in the new complexity of human life and activity. There is more conflict and confusion in the way that contemporary society is developing. Leisure activity is increasing, as is travel, but at the same time the pressure of work is increasing, at a time when work patterns are also changing. There is a growing merger of leisure and work in human life through flexible working schedules, but

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Acknowledgements ix
  • Introduction 1
  • 1 - The Historic Town 8
  • 2 - The Tourist-Historic Town 38
  • 3 - The Tourist Town 75
  • 4 - Decision Making for the Historic Environment 99
  • 5 - Planning for Tourism in Historic Towns 128
  • 6 - Heritage Management in Historic Towns 159
  • In Conclusion 188
  • Bibliography 191
  • Index 204
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