The 'Pink Street' in Cais do Sodre: urban change and liminal governance in a nightlife district of Lisbon

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The former harbour quarter of Cais do Sodré in central Lisbon has been recently transformed into the most crowded nightlife spot in the city, causing some negative social and spatial impacts such as the worsening of community liveability during night-time hours. In addition, the inefficacy of the latest community intervention project conducted in the area (SAFE!N) has been largely due to the liminal governance of the urban night applied in the area. In the final remarks, some actions are suggested to foster long-term sustainable coexistence between the right to the city and the right to leisure in the area.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)322-340
Number of pages18
JournalUrban Research & Practice
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • Nightlife
  • Urban change
  • Community liveability
  • Cais do Sodre
  • Lisbon

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