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Plazas and Barrios: Heritage Tourism and Globalization in the Latin American Centro Historico (Society, Environment, and Place)

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In recent years the travel industry has promoted trips to cultural landscapes that contain great historical and symbolic landmarks, and Latin American towns and cities are anything but isolated from this trend. Many historic city centers in Latin America have been preserved intact from the colonial era and today may serve institutional, commercial, or residential needs. Now economic forces from outside the region have created a demand for the preservation of historically "authentic" districts. This book explores how heritage tourism and globalization are reshaping the Latin American centro histórico, analyzing the transformation of the urban core from town plaza to historic center in nine cities: Bogotá, Colombia; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Cartagena, Colombia; Cuenca, Ecuador; Havana, Cuba; Montevideo, Uruguay; Puebla, Mexico; Quito, Ecuador; and Trinidad, Cuba. It tells how these pressures, combined with the advantage of a downtown location, have raised the potential of redeveloping these inner city areas but have also created the dilemma of how to restore and conserve them while responding to new economic imperatives. In an eclectic and interdisciplinary study, Joseph Scarpaci documents changes in far-flung corners of the Latin American metropolis using a broad palette of tools: urban morphology profiles, an original land-use survey of 30,000 doorways in nine historic districts, numerous photographs, and a review of the political, economic, and globalizing forces at work in historic districts. He examines urban change as reflected in architectural styles, neighborhood growth and decline, real estate markets, and local politics in order to show the long reach of globalization and modernity. Plazas and Barrios spans all of Spanish-speaking America to address the socio-political dimensions of urban change. It offers a means for understanding the tensions between the modern and traditional aspects of the built environment in each city and provides a key resource for geographers, urban planners, architectural historians, and all concerned with the implications of the emerging global economy.

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In this eclectic and interdisciplinary study, Joseph Scarpaci documents changes in far-flung corners of the Latin American metropolis using a broad palette of tools: urban morphology profiles, an original land-use survey of 30,000 doorways in nine historic districts, numerous photographs, and a review of the political, economic, and globalizing forces at work in historic districts.

About the Author

Joseph Scarpaci is Professor of Geography at Virginia Tech University and is co-author of Havana: Two Faces of the Antillean Metropolis. He is the 2004 recipient of the Carl O. Sauer Distinguished Scholarship Award of the Conference of Latin Americanist Geographers. This award is given in recognition for a corpus of important published work or other significant contribution towards Latin American geography.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780816526024
Author:
Scarpaci, Joseph L.
Publisher:
University of Arizona Press
Subject:
Human Geography
Subject:
Historic preservation
Subject:
Industries - Hospitality, Travel & Tourism
Subject:
Historic Preservation - General
Subject:
Geography, Latin American Studies
Subject:
Sociology - General
Subject:
Planning
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Society, Environment, and Place
Publication Date:
20060931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
260
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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