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Vivre le centre-ville : représentations de la décroissance et de la revalorisation dans trois villes moyennes de la Côte d’Opale

Abstract : This thesis reports on a research conducted over five years on the theme of the decline and revaluation of the city centers of the medium-sized cities of the Opal Coast. Emblematic districts, city centers are now experiencing more or less perceptible difficulties, due in part to a significant demographic and commercial decline, resulting in a desertion of these centers and a phenomenon of commercial and housing vacancies. This situation of decline is observed in particular in medium-sized cities, and even more pronouncedly in port and industrial cities. This thesis will focus on the city centers of Dunkirk, Calais and Boulogne-sur-Mer, and will aim on the one hand to study the specificities of these medium-sized industrial-port cities, as well as to measure these phenomena of decline and to understand the different dynamics. In a second step, the study will focus on the impact of public policies of revaluation on urbanities and the reception of this by the inhanitants. Based on the established context, the proposed methodology combines a qualitative survey by semi-directive interviews with decision-makers and inhabitants, with field observations which aim of evaluating the practices and perceptions of city centers. The thematic and lexical analysis of the information collected makes it possible to highlight the divergences of representations of the different groups of actors interviewed, as well as the logic of discourse related to the themes and words used. The phenomena of degrowth and revalorization in city centers will therefore be studied in detail and the analysis will make it possible to highlight the sometimes divergent discourses and the plurality of definitions and perceptions of central spaces.
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Jérémy Innebeer. Vivre le centre-ville : représentations de la décroissance et de la revalorisation dans trois villes moyennes de la Côte d’Opale. Géographie. Université du Littoral Côte d'Opale, 2022. Français. ⟨NNT : 2022DUNK0610⟩. ⟨tel-03667199⟩



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