The Challenge of the Dutch Port-City Interface

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This paper explores the shifting geography of the port-city interface in The Netherlands since the mid 1970s, and assesses its current scene. With an eye on port-urban governance and planning, we provide a dynamic account of the forces that have played a major role in the implementation of waterfront redevelopment schemes in Amsterdam and Rotterdam. Our account shows that the power balance between the port authority, the municipal planning office, and the users of the port has shifted. This has compelled urban planners in both port cities to adopt a more incremental waterfront development strategy than they had anticipated, and has given port users more influence on the plans for the current port-city interface.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)642-651
JournalTijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • governance and planning
  • Port-city interface
  • waterfront development


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