Negotiating an Asiatown in Berlin: Ethnic diversity in urban planning

Autor(en): Schmiz, Antonie 
Kitzmann, Robert
Stichwörter: Berlin; CITIES; Ethnic diversity; Ethnic economy; GEOGRAPHIES; NEIGHBORHOODS; PLACE; Planning for diversity; REFLECTIONS; Urban planning; Urban Studies; Vietnamese migrants
Erscheinungsdatum: 2017
Journal: CITIES
Volumen: 70
Startseite: 1
Seitenende: 10
Cities are increasingly affected by migration which raises new questions for urban development and planning. In the paper at hand, this issue is addressed from two perspectives: First, we stress the high social, representative as well as economic potential of ethnic economies and the emerging neighborhoods, showing that they serve migrant communities as well as urban development. Second, we bring in perspectives from the `planning for diversity' and `multicultural planning' discourses into the German debate. This paper takes the planning conflict on the development of the Dong Xuan Center (DXC), Germany's largest Vietnamese-run trade center, into an Asiatown as empirical basis. It examines legal implications for the German context and therewith contributes to the `planning for diversity' discourse from a non-multicultural setting.
ISSN: 02642751
DOI: 10.1016/j.cities.2017.06.001

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