Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/42240
Authors: 
Ahlfeldt, Gabriel M.
Year of Publication: 
2010
Series/Report no.: 
Hamburg contemporary economic discussions 32
Abstract: 
This article investigates the 2008 referendum held in opposition against the 'Mediaspree', a major urban development project in Berlin that has been perceived as a threat of displacement of local residents and culture. Using precinct level data we find a high degree of localized resistance around the project area, conditional on socio-demographic characteristics. Comparison to local appreciation rates shows that in an environment of very low owner occupancy public (re)development projects are opposed the more residents associate an increase in area valuation. This effects is, however, not strong enough to explain the localized resistance. Considering a micro-level data set on music nodes, our results suggest that resistance is rather attributable to a feared loss of specific cultural amenities and neighborhood character.
Subjects: 
Cultural Amenities
Urban Development
Displacement
Hedonic Modeling
Mediaspree
JEL: 
Z10
R20
ISBN: 
978-3-940369-79-6
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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