Failure to implement the institutional tool of regeneration. The case of Volos

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In Greece, there are numerous legislative instruments which, despite being significant spatial planning tools, are not practically used at all. Regarding urban planning, the most important and already implemented law is the law 2508/1997 ‹‹Sustainable Residential Development in Urban and Country Settlements and Other Provisions››. Several provisions of this law address major urban planning, socio-economic and environmental problems of the country’s cities and smaller settlements. A typical example of this is the regeneration tool, aimed primarily at improving the residents’ living conditions and built environment, protecting and showcasing the area’s cultural, historical, morphological and aesthetic features. This paper examines whether this tool has been implemented in the case of a medium-sized Greek city, Volos. The analysis showed that since 1997, when the law was adopted, and up until today, no region has been declared a regeneration area. So, this paper also examines the reasons why a useful tool with so many urban planning and developmental benefits was never used. Is it due to the stiffness of the state apparatus, the lack of interest on behalf of the competent authorities or the inadequacy of available resources? Therefore, the main question that arises in this case-study is why are point interventions being recorded since they are not part of a broader and integrated project.
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