Following some discussion of processes of urban neo-liberalization and land consumption in Italy, the paper presents a controversial case concerning the Reserve of Penisola della Maddalena, on the Sicilian coast south of Siracusa. Following new urban planning in 2007, a protest movement arose in opposition to the project of constructing a resort on the coast. The paper reconstructs the versions of both groups, those against and in favour of the proposal, it presents reliable data concerning city planning norms, and shows that, although the amount of m³ per m² has diminished over time, in 2007 a liberalization process began. This occurred when the norm in Siracusa’s urban regulations, requiring unanimity in urbanization projects presented by private investors, was abolished. Discursive patterns of the two groups are examined, in order to detect differences and similarities. Differences are shown in the vocabulary used by the opposing groups, in their understandings of the concept of wellbeing associated with access to the coast, and the consequent entitlements connected to it. Although a landscape that is protected through the tool of Reserve status is not considered, in some literature (Castiglioni et al 2010), as being in line with the democratic standards of the European Landscape Convention, the public discussion around the topic of landscape which was stimulated by mobilisation for the Reserve can be said to represent a step towards landscape democratization in Siracusa.

La vicenda della riserva della Penisola della Maddalena a Siracusa. Molto rumore di democrazia e mercato.

Maria Olivella Rizza
2018

Abstract

Following some discussion of processes of urban neo-liberalization and land consumption in Italy, the paper presents a controversial case concerning the Reserve of Penisola della Maddalena, on the Sicilian coast south of Siracusa. Following new urban planning in 2007, a protest movement arose in opposition to the project of constructing a resort on the coast. The paper reconstructs the versions of both groups, those against and in favour of the proposal, it presents reliable data concerning city planning norms, and shows that, although the amount of m³ per m² has diminished over time, in 2007 a liberalization process began. This occurred when the norm in Siracusa’s urban regulations, requiring unanimity in urbanization projects presented by private investors, was abolished. Discursive patterns of the two groups are examined, in order to detect differences and similarities. Differences are shown in the vocabulary used by the opposing groups, in their understandings of the concept of wellbeing associated with access to the coast, and the consequent entitlements connected to it. Although a landscape that is protected through the tool of Reserve status is not considered, in some literature (Castiglioni et al 2010), as being in line with the democratic standards of the European Landscape Convention, the public discussion around the topic of landscape which was stimulated by mobilisation for the Reserve can be said to represent a step towards landscape democratization in Siracusa.
market, democracy, neoliberalism, landscape.
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