This paper seeks to address the issue of urban planning in high-risk industrial areas. It focuses on the observation and the assessment of the interaction between one's risk perceptions in and one's attachment to a locality (as place of birth, residence or work), by analyzing a project of exurbanization and relocation of the urban infrastructures of the industrial city of Hassi R'Mel in Algeria, towards the new town of Bellil, created as a new urban entity 35 km north of the current city centre to relocate residents since Hassi M'Rel has been classified as a risk area.

An empirically-oriented approach was carried out based on fieldwork, official statistics, questionnaires and semi-directive interviews with local residents and public actors. The results obtained from the informants' data analysis show a strong attachment to the locality of Hassi R'Mel despite identified risks.

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