Ecocamorre and land manage
The author, who has held important responsibilities in the land and landscape planning sector of the Campania Regional government, uses the concept of «camorra anti-cities» to investigate the urbanization of the hinterland of Naples, mainly from the 1980s until the present day. The broad range of mechanisms driving the illegal building development system have led to the rise of a city model exploiting every available square foot of land and lacking infrastructure and collective spaces and services. This urban reality is the result not only of actual criminal actions, but also of a widespread «culture» of illegality that has penetrated within public institutions and permeates every land management action and plan. At the end of the article, the author shows how, in spite of everything, there is still scope for the implementing of significant regional land planning policies capable of halting and impeding these processes, and improving the still healthy parts of the regional territory by building a metropolitan ecological network as an environmental infrastructure for economic development and job creation.