Marseille is an example among those cities which, over the past few decades, have joined the movement in Europe for recovering public spaces. To be highlighted particular is the Redevelopment of the Old Port, joint prize-winner in the 2014 award of the Prize. "Thanks to a consultative process, which took into account the suggestions of residents, businesspeople and local associations before calling for entries in the competition, the port has recovered its vitality by means taking the general interest into account. The presence of leisure craft, which fosters economic and associative activity, has been made compatible with access for all citizens and their recreational activities. Hence, while other city ports combat economic decline by allowing privatised, excluding enterprises that undermine their role as public space, the Vieux-Port has been renovated by expanding its condition of a shared space that is open to everyone."
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