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The social preservation statute (Soziale Erhaltungssatzung) : case study of Wilhelmsburg, Hamburg

Abstract : Wilhelmsburg witnessed in the last decade an intense transformation of its urban space, which had a great impact not only in its urban form but also in the lives of its local inhabitants. The literature on gentrification tells us that urban development projects are central features of the neoliberal strategies in retaking the inner-city areas back to the middle and upper classes. In this scenario, the low-income population remains on the margins of urban development strategies, being constantly in risk of displacement; and Wilhelmsburg is no exception. In this context, this thesis aims to analyze the effectiveness of Social Preservation Statute - a German planning instrument - in preventing the displacement of social disadvantaged population groups by considering the local context and presence of urban redevelopment projects in Wilhelmsburg, Hamburg. Through the analysis of the statute, census data, official reports, literature review and interviews, it was possible to determine the limitations and benefits of the planning instrument in the current context of neoliberalism. The results of this analysis showed that the Social Preservation Statute cannot prevent the displacement of the low-income population in Wilhelmsburg in a long-term, since it does not deal with the market mechanisms and the causes of displacement and gentrification. On the other hand, it was identified that the Social Preservation Statute contributes to mitigate the rapid transformation of the urban environment and thus it slows down the process of gentrification in the intervention areas.
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Cristiane Carolina Comim. The social preservation statute (Soziale Erhaltungssatzung) : case study of Wilhelmsburg, Hamburg. Humanities and Social Sciences. 2014. ⟨dumas-01115761⟩



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