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The socio-spatial structure of post-socialist £ód¼, Poland. Results of national census 2002.

  • Szymon Marcińczak - University of £ód¼, Poland

  • Keywords
    social polarization, dual city, £ód¼

    Growing social and spatial segregation, stemming from the mounting social polarization, is not only limited to Western cities. Currently, it is widely acknowledged that the aforementioned processes have become a salient feature of post-socialist cities and regions. Unfortunately, available data portraying this phenomenon in the CEE states were primarily gathered in capital areas. Exposed to social and economic globalization from the early stages of political transformation, those urban settings constitute rapidly developing hubs of growth, significantly differing from 'second-tier' cities. This contribution seeks to examine if the processes shaping the social and urban fabric of global cities and post-socialist metropolises are comprehensible in the residential structure of £ód¼. Deploying quantitative methods the paper presents a detailed spatial analysis of £ód¼'s socio-spatial differentiations. The synthetic typology and the resulting model of residential structure summarize the contribution.

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