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Title: Valletta : towards the strategic re-use of its vacant properties
Authors: Mifsud, Duncan
Keywords: Sustainable development -- Government policy -- Malta
Urban renewal -- Malta
Abandoned houses -- Economic aspects -- Malta
Issue Date: 2014
Abstract: The issue of vacant properties is a recurrent problem in cities, which failed to pass through a modern economic transition. Inescapably, State intervention either through central or local channels (or both) was the only answer to the resulting problems of properties falling into a derelict state as a result of this trauma of economic boom and bust. This happens when certain areas within a city flourish economically while the residential parts suffer from a demographic loss as evidenced by the increasing number of vacant properties. Valletta is one such city, which is still waiting for an innovative drive in this area; problems related to vacant and abandoned properties have been there for several decades. It is not practical to solve the issue of vacant property in Valletta City while ignoring the pertinent demographic shifts. The aim of this research study was to carry out a detailed investigation of vacant properties located in the Lower Part of Valletta, the area identified in the Grand Harbour Local Plan as a ‘Housing Improvement Area’, and to propose a suitable sustainable strategy framework for their re-use. Colloquially, this urban quarter is known as il-Baviera area and its environs. Data collected from the study area was analyzed based on the methodology offered by Vigar et al.’s (2005) study on the spatial strategies adopted for cities. The study found out that this area needs a long-term strategy, where proactive policies are formed in accordance to the long-term needs. Sustainable urban regeneration provides a considerable promise for addressing and reversing decline, specifically population decline, in cities like Valletta. It proposes the use of a Land Bank, which will be responsible for surveying each and every vacant unit in the area. It will be used for the input of the acquired information into an interactive database, and by bringing all the stakeholders around the same table, it will seek to solve the problems that have been accumulating over the years by producing what is known as a sound nodal strategic plan.
Appears in Collections:Dissertations - InsCCSD - 2014

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