Tourism and the Public Realm:Some observations<br />Dr Simon C Woodward<br />Senior Research Fellow, ICRT<br />
How will I fill 15 minutes?<br />The contribution of urban realm to the tourist experience<br />‘Frontspace’ and ‘backspace’ - conflicts over access to public space<br />Points to consider<br />
Contribution of urban realm to the tourist experience<br />As a backdrop/ foreground to monuments and buildings<br />As a location for events<br />As an attraction in its own right<br />As an ‘accidental’ element of the overall experience<br />
Urban realm as a backdrop to the sense of place<br />
The ‘domestication by cappucino’ of urban spaces (Atkinson, 2003)<br />
Other conflicts over access to urban realm<br />
Frontspace and backspace<br />How appropriate is it for tourists to wander round people’s ‘backyards’?<br />At what point does interest become intrusion?<br />How can we raise awareness of acceptable limits?<br />
Saltaire World Heritage Site, West Yorkshire<br />
How should tourists behave in a residential area? Is this ever public space?<br />
Some points to consider<br />Thoughtful design obviously adds to the sense of place<br />We can use urban realm works to create destinations that appeal to both tourists &locals<br />People will always adapt space to suit their own needs<br />We must consider the needs of locals as well as tourists – are there limits to where tourists should go?<br />
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