The Gentrification of Vesterbro

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BIRKERØD INTERNATIONAL GYMNASIUM
SØNDERVANGEN 56, 3460 BIRKERØD, DENMARK
BIRKERØD INTERNATIONAL GYMNASIUM
SØNDERVANGEN 56, 3460 BIRKERØD, DENMARK
What are the physical and statistical signs of gentrification in Vesterbro in Copenhagen, Denmark?

Emil , 000632-022
Supervisor: Mette
May 2013
Wordcount: 2360
What are the physical and statistical signs of gentrification in Vesterbro in Copenhagen, Denmark?

Sophus Emil Petersson, 000632-022
Supervisor: Mette Bahnson Weber
May 2013
Wordcount: 2360
Geography HL Internal Assessment
Geography HL Internal Assessment

Photo; courtesy of Jonathan Sandidge

Table of Contents
Aim of the report:3
Research question:3
Geographical context4
Introduction to Vesterbro:4
Hypotheses:6
Methods of data collection:6
Conclusion14
Evaluation15
List of references:16

Aim of the report:
To investigate signs of inward movement into a specific neighborhood of the municipality of Copenhagen using qualitative and quantitative methods.

Research question:
What are physical and statistical signs of gentrification in Vesterbro in Copenhagen, Denmark?

Geographical context
This internal assessment deals with Option G – Urban Environmens, and in particular the gentrification-aspect of this option. It discusses the physical and statistical signs of gentrification, that the Vesterbro-district of Copenhagen has undergone.

This means that the report deals mainly with the grntrification of MEDCs and the industrialization of said MEDC and neighbourhood. Introduction to Vesterbro:
History of Vesterbro:
In medieval Copenhagen, there were originally 4 gates to the city – namely Nørreport, Sønderport, Østerport and Vesterport (Northern-, Southern-, Eastern- and Western gate respectively). Leading up to each gate was a paved road, and the one leading to Vesterport was known as Vesterbro. It wasn’t highly populated, but the people who lived there, lived “on Vesterbro”. When the wall around Copenhagen, along with the gates, was demolished in the 1850’s, Vesterbro became a town within the city of Copenhagen.

Vesterbro generally:
Originally a working class society, but today a multi-cultural and very diverse part of Copenhagen – with anything from the very busy Vesterbrogade, to the shady end of Istedgade (which includes the main Red Light District of Copenhagen, not to mention that this is where most drug-addicts and homeless people roam), to Halm-, Flæske-, and Fisketorvet, which all used to be shopping districts in Copenhagen. Halmtorvet later became the Red Light District of Copenhagen.

Today however, Vesterbro is mainly known for it’s many cafés and trendy shops.

Figure [ 1 ] - Locational map of Vesterbro. ("Indre By" is Danish for Inner City) (Map, courtesy of Google)

Figure [ 1 ] - Locational map of Vesterbro. ("Indre By" is Danish for Inner City) (Map, courtesy of Google)

Above is a locational map of the central part of Vesterbro, including Istedgade, which is a parallel street to Vesterbrogade (formerly just Vesterbro) – which is by far the most populated and largest street in Vesterbro.

The urban renewal of Vesterbro:
The urban renewal of Vesterbro has taken place since the begininning of the 90’s with special attention to making it a sustainable renovation of the district, and upgrading the housing to modern standards. The main purpose of the urban renewal process was also to achieve a more balanced population of Vesterbro, which had until that point mainly been populated by the working class.

Uncommonly the citizens of Vesterbro were taking into account and consideration before the urban renewal process was initiated, and they were told of plans and ideas, and also of the implications of these. A lot of effort went into them being able to stay in their flats even when the process was going on.

Before the state renewed Vesterbro, they had renewed and gentrified Nørrebro, and in the process had acquired a...
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