Development versus urban conservation in Recife: a problem of public management
Silvio Mendes Zancheti, CECI and UFPE (Brazil)
This paper presents a brief historical panorama of the relationship between urban economic development and heritage conservation in the city center of Recife since the 1960s. The relationship between urban development/modernization and the conservation of the Recife has not been a simple matter. There has been no simple causal relation between the two processes. On the contrary, there have been many factors that have made the relation complex.
This article argues that the apparent antagonism between development and conservation is a consequence of the design and implementation processes of public policies in relation to private initiatives. That means it is a problem related to urban management especially the ability of local governments to generate alternatives that include both heritage values and development perspectives formulated by the main and powerful economic actors.