Ceren Sezer published a new article in Journal of Urban Design entitled Public life, immigrant amenities and socio-cultural inclusion: the presence and changes of Turkish amenities in Amsterdam. This article studies the presence of, and the changes in, immigrant amenities in the context of urban renewal processes as well as the implications of these changes in the socio-cultural inclusion of the relevant immigrant groups. It approaches the topic through an analysis of the diversity and vitality of streets with immigrant amenities. It focuses on the changes in Turkish amenities in Amsterdam over the period between 2007 and 2016 and examines two commercial streets that have been influenced differently by urban transformation processes. (Published open access – Journal of Urban Design – Taylor & Francis Online). 

Abstract. Immigrant amenities contribute to the public life of the street by supporting its diversity and vitality, which is crucial for the socio-cultural inclusion of immigrants into mainstream society. However, immigrant amenities change within urban transformation processes, many times in the context of urban renewal. These changes influence their contribution to the public life of the street. How do these changes in immigrant amenities relate to the socio-cultural inclusion of immigrants? This study focuses on the changes of Turkish amenities in Amsterdam at street and city levels. It concludes that the decline of immigrant amenities contradicts policy aimed at supporting the socio-cultural inclusion of immigrants.

 

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