Territorial conflicts in metropolitan areas. A regeneration project for the resurgence of a community

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These guidelines provide instructions to format your full paper. The process of political and administrative rescaling affecting Italian cities and regions under the Law 56/2014, with the consequent establishment of metropolitan cities, has triggered new forms of territorial conflicts. In this paper, conflicts have risen to a privileged observatory to investigate government problems at the regional scale and to identify possible ways for an inclusive governance of Metropolitan territory. The main purpose is to propose a reflection on the territorial conflicts about metropolitan identity and on the role of the small villages in the promotion of forms of aggregation with a bottom up approach, as resource for the strategic government of the territory and the management of territorial conflicts (Lingua, Puttilli, 2017). Focus of this paper is a case study concerning a process of empowerment of a group of citizens engaged in the promotion of a local project that has become a pilot project of regeneration of community places in the frame of the Strategic Metropolitan Plan of Florence. A tiny group of citizen who shared the same common destiny for absence of a connection with the municipal water supply chain. Instead of carrying out a territorial protest and they become an identity movement and, through the recognition of the patrimonial value of places, engaged a multiactorial and multiscalar renewal project aimed to the rebirth of the local community. The joint effort for the self-construction of the lacing of the aqueduct has become the kick off for the realization of an integrated project for the requalification of the complex of Sant'Angelo Vico L’Abate as a place of religious aggregation, social and producer of wealth and new economies. The contribution deals with the reconsideration of territorial conflicts in regional cities as a strategic action for the interaction between local and metropolitan institutions and, above all, as a strong point for enhancing governance at the regional level (Mariano, 2012) for the construction of a shared vision for development of actual and future of the Metropolitan city.
participation, conflict, bottom-up processes, inclusive capacity