Possibilities of building a mixed city: evidence from Swedish cities
2013 (English)In: International Journal of Housing Policy, Vol. 13, no 3, 288-311 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
During the late twentieth century, the notion of residential mix became an important public policy in Sweden as well as in many other European countries, Australia and North America. The aim of these policies has primarily been to counteract residential segregation through regeneration of neighbourhoods. The Swedish policy provides an interesting case, as it differs in important respects from policies in other countries. The aim of the Swedish policy has been not only to change the social and physical structure of disadvantaged neighbourhoods, but also to create cities that are socially mixed in their entirety. However, the question is whether this universal aim of achieving mixed cities has been translated into urban planning and the actual construction of mixed neighbourhoods. Is the Swedish social mix policy a policy for the entire city or only a rhetorical goal? The present article shows that there is in fact a trend towards residential mix, as the number of tenure-mixed neighbourhoods has increased. However, contrary to the policy aim, new construction and tenure conversions have not always contributed to a greater mix, as there are also counteracting processes at work. The article furthermore shows that there are significant geographical variations in the implementation of the social mix policy.
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2013. Vol. 13, no 3, 288-311 p.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-213331OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-213331DiVA: diva2:681726