Access the second section of the Our City? book all about the theme gentrification HERE.
Chapters in this section include:
THE GENTRIFICATION CHALLENGE: PLACEMAKING AS THE PROBLEM, OR PLACEMAKING AS THE SOLUTION? by Michael W Mehaffy
It is on the urgent issue of gentrification that the placemaking movement faces perhaps its greatest challenge – and, in the end, may prove its greatest value. This will require a rigorous confrontation with the dynamics of gentrification, and a joined-up, evidence-based response. We will have to ask ourselves honestly, is placemaking part of the problem, or part of the solution? And if the latter, how exactly?
GALATA, ISTANBUL: UNDERSTANDING CONFLICT AND TENSION IN A GENTRIFYING NEIGHBOURHOOD by Aysegul Can
This paper examines gentrification as an ongoing process and investigates its consequences on social mix and inclusion. The goal is to unfold and examine the tensions between different groups of residents in Galata neighbourhood, Istanbul, through the lenses of inclusion and exclusion. The paper highlights a number of cultural and political issues in gentrified neighbourhoods, with significant importance placed on the tensions between gentrifiers themselves, how these tensions grow and operate, and how they affect the issue of inclusion (or lack thereof) in the inner city.
FUTURE-PROOF RETAIL INNOVATION AND INCLUSIVE PLACEMAKING IN AMSTERDAM NORTH: A REAL CHALLENGE by Marie-Ange de Kort
“We plan more ‘city streets’ like the Van der Pek, to connect neighbourhoods, easy to stop and shop, with a mix of functions and services, next to quiet streets to live in.” - City planner Jos Gadet
“All these hipster stores, in Amsterdam and Berlin: they are just very similar. I love the ugliness of the shops here, where every daily need is met” - Bottom-up city-maker Eva de Klerk
“Amsterdam should definitely not become a raked garden!” - Shopping area ‘doctor’ Nel de Jager
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