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Type: Journal article
Title: Working port or lifestyle port? A preliminary analysis of the Port Adelaide waterfront redevelopment
Author: Oakley, S.
Citation: Geographical Research, 2005; 43(3):319-326
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
Issue Date: 2005
ISSN: 1745-5871
Abstract: This paper presents preliminary analysis of a larger study examining the re-making of the Port Adelaide waterfront. It offers insights into the way the processes of urban entrepreneurialism endeavour to appropriate and transform landscapes by building on a particular heritage of place while simultaneously dismantling this image to recreate an alternative form. The proposal to refashion the Port's waterfront into a lifestyle and tourist destination will dramatically transform the current socio-spatial organisation of working and community life as perceived and valued by those local communities currently living in and around the Port area. The removal of a small group of boatyard operators from the inner-harbour, as part of the redevelopment, is symbolic of local concern of the potential loss of a particular way of working and community life that is steeped in history, heritage and class and is particular and peculiar to the Port Adelaide waterfront. The findings support the view that the process of urban entrepreneurialism in the re-imaging of place is transformative, selective and exclusive.
Keywords: Place-making
urban entrepreneurs
working life
community life
maritime heritage
Description: The definitive version is available at
DOI: 10.1111/j.1745-5871.2005.00331.x
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