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Main Title: In Quest of the Good Urban Life: Socio-spatial Dynamics and Residential Building Stock Transformation in Zurich
Author(s): Koll-Schretzenmayr, Martina
Ritterhoff, Frank
Siebel, Walter
Type: Article
Language Code: en
Abstract: This paper discusses socio-spatial dynamics and the transformation of the residential building stock in the global city of Zurich. It deals with five questions. Does Zurich exhibit the type of social polarisation outlined by the global city hypothesis? If so, how does social polarisation become visible in the context of a European city? Which actors in the real estate market are catering to the special tastes of the new urban middle class? With whom does the new middle class compete for space in the city? The paper argues that real estate developers customise the residential building stock and produce residential units for a targeted market—the new urban middle class. Furthermore, a new socio-spatial phenomenon—ennoblement—has evolved, as the new urban middle class takes residence in traditional upper-class neighbourhoods. By investing its own economic capital, this new middle class is hoping to profit from upper-class social and cultural capital.
Issue Date: 2009
Date Available: 8-Jan-2019
DDC Class: 300 Sozialwissenschaften
330 Wirtschaft
Subject(s): socio-spatial dynamics
residential building stock
social polarisation
Journal Title: Urban Studies
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Publisher Place: Washington, DC
Volume: 46
Issue: 13
Publisher DOI: 10.1177/0042098009345536
Page Start: 2731
Page End: 2747
EISSN: 1360-063X
ISSN: 0042-0980
Notes: Dieser Beitrag ist mit Zustimmung des Rechteinhabers aufgrund einer (DFG geförderten) Allianz- bzw. Nationallizenz frei zugänglich.
This publication is with permission of the rights owner freely accessible due to an Alliance licence and a national licence (funded by the DFG, German Research Foundation) respectively.
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