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The historic center as an object of desire

Fernando Carrión Mena (published in 2021-09-12 by sandra rochina )
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Carrión Mena, Fernando. 2007. The historic center as an object of desire. En Urban Regeneration and Revitalization in the Americas: Toward a Stable State, editado por Fernando Carrión Mena y Lisa M. Hanley, 19-35. Washington, D.C.: Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.
In this chapter, I present several hypotheses about the relationship between historie centers, public space, and large urban projects, with the understanding that the historie center is the public space par excellence. This proposal will be developed in an optimistic context that views the city as a solution and considers the historie center an object o f desire. It is necessary to overeóme the stigma and pessimism often associated with the city. This pessimism is two-fold. On one hand, the city is often seen as a source o f anomie and chaos expressed, for example, in the idea o f a cement jungle. This neo-Malthusianist view o f the city is o f something that creates violence and poverty.