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There is mounting pressure by the bar and restaurant owners to remove what are sometimes described as the unsightly living conditions of such citizens. The issue takes different forms, but the question everywhere is the same: as space is being privatised, how are communal rights (including those held by different constituencies and categories of people working and living in them) to those spaces to be exercised and maintained? Cultural Appropriation Apart from the above processes, all of which are consequences of tourism-related development and the kind of politico-economic changes it brings in its wake, tourism also takes part more directly in cultural formations.
What processes of decisionmaking are available to resolve contradictory and conflicting demands on the land and its produce? Who owns the space on which hunting takes place? Who should own it? And so on. These are precisely the issues in relation to historical monuments and even whole towns (such as Mdina) that have been taken over, to a greater or lesser extent, by tourists and tourist authorities. Once again the question concerns the control and organization of space, including sites of national and international scientific significance.
The question remains. For how much longer can private speculative building development be contained by public policies? Anecdotal (but quite typical and certainly indicative) evidence helps us move towards an answer. Part of the business of a development company in Calvia District consists of the building of tourist-related residential developments that, increasingly, have consisted of estates of luxury apartments for sale to foreign residents. Along with the apartments themselves, there is the associated infrastructure to make such developments attractive to potential buyers, golf courses being a particularly popular offering.