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LIVING IN RESIDENTIAL SATISFACTION? INSIGHTS FROM LARGE-SCALE HOUSING ESTATES IN CENTRAL AND EASTERN EUROPE

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Can Central and Eastern European large housing estates generally be branded as places of decline and social decay? Current results from an ongoing research project on sociospatial differentiation of different neighbourhoods in CEE-urban regions reveal a high level of residential satisfaction and a low level of potential mobility. Based on theoretical considerations about residential satisfaction the paper compares five large housing estates: Leipzig-Grünau, Budapest-Havanna, Vilnius-Karoliniskes, Sofia-Mladost and St. Petersburg-Lenin Prospect. After analysing local housing markets as well as socio-demographic development of the selected case studies from an interregional perspective, sociospatial processes are highlighted from an intra-urban perspective. The paper goes on to explore different types of residential satisfaction and potential residential mobility. A main emphasis is put on the interpretation of these types against the backdrop of different housing conditions. In conclusion, the authors try to answer the question, whether residential satisfaction is a stable or fragile phenomenon in large housing estates in Central and Eastern Europe.

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