Heritage Preservation in Hanoi Old Town - the Dilemma of Property Rights

Preservation of Hanoi old town architecture has not been successful over the past decades. The continuing control of development and strict planning schemes deterred the changing process, but failed to preserve building forms and architectural values. As lifestyle and street/urban form remained, some may wish to preserve the spirit of the old town by administrative measures. However, this could not become true if citizens would not feel any ownership of the place. Property rights approach may provide further view on this issue.

Dr. Hieu, Nguyen Ngoc
Urban management and Rural Development Division
Academy of Public Administration, Hanoi, Vietnam

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