The Urbanist

Heritage, part one

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12 September 2019

Episode 413

30 minutes


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As our cities grow, they face difficulties reconciling conservation and development. So how can we move forward while preserving the history of a place? This week we examine how heritage can be both a blessing and a curse for the urban environment.

12 September 2019

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Chapter 1

7 minutes


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Chapter 1

Havana’s 500th birthday

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Founded in 1519, Havana is one of the oldest capital cities in the Americas and its historic old town has experienced major restoration in recent years – thanks in part to an influx of international visitors and investment.

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Managing tourism at World Heritage sites

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They span cultural sites to natural ones, can be found in 167 countries and are part of countless travel bucket lists. But how do you manage the crowds? We hear from Mechtild Rössler, director of the Unesco World Heritage Centre.

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Hallstatt in the Austrian Alps

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This historic village makes about €5m from foreign visitors every year. But this wealth has come at a cost: too many tourists.

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Chapter 4

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Alexandria, Virginia

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Its old town has been designated as historic since 1946 and over the years its residents have been resistant to change – invoking this historic status. The same is happening now with the arrival of the e-scooter.

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