Housing Estates after Socialism: Various Trajectories and Inner Differentiation
TEMELOVÁ, J.; NOVÁK, J.; OUŘEDNÍČEK, M.; PULDOVÁ, P. (2011): Housing Estates after Socialism: Various Trajectories and Inner Differentiation. Urban Studies, 48, č. 9, s. 1811-1834.
Growing income differentiation in society, diversification of housing supply and selective
population mobility are resulting in increasing socio-spatial differentiation in Czech cities and
neighbourhoods during the post-socialist transition. Housing estates are no exception to the
processes of urban change. The paper shows that development trajectories of housing estates
vary in different parts of the country, in various locations within each city and also within
particular housing estates. As segregation in Czech cities takes place mainly at a very small
scale, statistical analyses usually fail to detect the seeds of social and physical degradation
emerging in neighbourhoods and a micro-scale survey is essential. In order to understand the
patterns and factors of differentiation the paper presents case studies from housing estates
located in different cities of the Czech Republic.