Planning Times of the City: an Overview on Urban Time Policies

Mareggi, Marco (2013) Planning Times of the City: an Overview on Urban Time Policies. PLANNING TIMES – You better Keep Planning or You get in Deep Water, for the Cities they are A-Changin'. Proceedings of 18th International Conference on Urban Planning, Regional Development and Information Society. pp. 701-710. ISSN 2521-3938

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Urban and social time emerged as a theme of public policy and in Italy it has been translated into public actions at the end of the 1980s. Its significant focus was centred on the coordination of urban timetables, particularly those of public and private services, in order to make daily life easier. In Italy, hundreds of municipalities, few metropolitan cities and networks of small and medium towns are involved to promote these kinds of policies. The time-space approach has been disseminated also in other countries of the European Union and recently the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe has adopted a recommendation in order to foster local time policies. This paper analyzes the development of urban time policies in Italy after the implementation of the national law (Act 53/2000) and, in particular, its relation with the regional legislation. From this point of view, it is possible to appreciate the “trespassing” of these policies on gender’s equal opportunities, social welfare policies and urban planning (for this one with not constant and difficult interactions). Secondly, the paper reviews what happened about the implementation of urban time policies at regional level, both in Northern and Southern Italy, where the increase of local time policies is also a consequence of the allocation of regional and national funds. In conclusion, the paper proposes a classification of the towns’ experiences in their specific relation with urban planning (urban time policies, time oriented urbanism and a spillover of planning tools at different territorial levels) and represents an opportunity to discuss weakness and opportunity (specific field of public policies and toolbox to enrich other policies) of the “trespassing” of these policies.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: quality of everyday life timeschedules local time policies
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
J Political Science > J General legislative and executive papers
Depositing User: The CORP Team
Date Deposited: 02 May 2019 14:40
Last Modified: 02 May 2019 14:40

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