|Soft values of seaports: a strategy for the restoration of public support for seaports|
Van Hooydonk, E. (2007). Soft values of seaports: a strategy for the restoration of public support for seaports. Garant: Antwerpen. ISBN 978-90-441-2148-3. 192 pp.
Ports; Socioeconomic aspects; Marine
In present-day society, seaports have a very negative image, which is mainly due to the environmental pressures and pollution risks they cause, the monomaniac capitalist mentality of their operators, the dubious reputation of the shipping industry, the uninspired, strictly utilitarian design of port facilities and the dehumanization of port areas. Currently, the erosion of public support for seaports is a major issue in port management and policy. This publication inventories the numerous non-socioeconomic assets of seaports, their soft values if you will. These range from port history, port heritage and port-inspired art over dockland redevelopment to port tourism and recreation and many other, often totally ignored, aspects. The book puts forward a vision for the design and implementation of comprehensive strategies for the management of these soft values. Finally, it argues that the EU has a responsibility of its own to support such initiatives.