Through the research question: “To what extent does spaciousness influence gentrification?” this paper researches spaciousness and gentrification in the street Heimdalsgade, in Nørrebro, Copenhagen through qualitative interview methods. Here “spaciousness” is used figuratively rather than literally. This paper finds that the term “spaciousness” is used continuously in district plans advertising for “more tolerant”, “spacious” or “diversified” communities. However, the actions and strategic planning suggests that people with more resources, such as wealthy people and families from the middle class are prioritized in the planning process. It is found that there is ambivalence in the concept of spaciousness that on one hand the spa- ciousness reduces gentrification through creation of a sense of community between social clas- ses. On the other hand it conducts gentrification through establishment of an attractive environ- ment for new gentrifiers. Viewed this way, spaciousness can seem excluding for vulnerable groups. The paper finds that the level of spaciousness in an area is a crucial factor that influences the development of the street and therefore the speed of which the gentrification process expanses. In this case, the spaciousness was examined through initiatives launched by pioneer gentrifiers in Heimdalsgade. The initiatives include the opening of a café and a plan suggestion towards a greener street with fewer vehicles. Though such spacious initiatives are continued, avoidance of gentrification is not entirely possible. Currently there is a momentum in Heimdalsgade created by spacious initiatives that causes the gentrification process to slow down. Continuous dialogue and focus on the matter could support this momentum.
|Uddannelser||Plan, By og Proces, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor el. kandidat|
|Udgivelsesdato||15 jan. 2014|