Social mix as the aim of a controlled gentrification process: the example of the Goutte dʼOr district in Paris1
This chapter examines the link between gentrification and so-called social mix policies in Paris, France. Based on an analysis of social and urban transformations in progress in Goutte d'Or, a working-class and immigrant Paris neighbourhood, the chapter contends that public policies focusing on social mix actually serve the ends of gentrification. In the case in point, such policies tend to result in ‘controlled’ gentrification. The chapter demonstrates that the gentrification process launched in Goutte d'Or partly stems from such policies that thrive in a tight housing market and converge with the residential and territorial investment strategies of middle- and upper-middle-class households. Urban projects sponsored by public authorities help to create pressure on housing and drum up expectations of social change among these households.
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