Autor je redovni profesor na Ekonomskom fakultetu Univerziteta u Kragujevcu
FULFILLING CITY BUDGET OR URBAN DEVELOPMENT? THE INFLUENCE OF SERBIAN LOCAL AUTHORITIES’ DECISION ON URBAN UNDERDEVELOPMENT
The aim of this paper is to analyze the socio-spatial and environmental impact of specific legal measure in the process of urban (re)development of Serbia’s cities centers, implemented in the first decade of post-socialist period – possibility for private developers to form plots and built multistory buildings with flats exclusively intend for market, including inherited inner city areas with dominantly individual housing. Due the state rapidly withdrew from the housing sector from the beginning of the 1990s, higher dependent on intergovernmental transfers and with the tight budgets, most local authorities brought several documents which make possible to exchange land for square meters in buildings constructed. The laissez-faire approach to urban planning, the flexibility of local documents and ad-hoc decisions created a platform for urban redevelopment of inner city areas which was profitable for local budgets and private developers, but created a whole set of environmental problems in terms of decries of parking spaces, decrease of greenery, waste management collection system and water and electricity supply issues.