As in many other German cities, the Gentrification of urban districts is also on the rise in Cologne. As a result, long-established tenants with low incomes have to move out – the social structure of entire districts is changing. In order to prevent this, the city is now working on a statute that protects the social composition of the districts.
As the city portal Koeln.de reports, rented apartments in Cologne are increasingly being converted into property. Luxury renovations are also increasing. These measures are driving up rents. This in turn forces many long-established citizens to move away.
For this reason, according to Koeln.de, the city council would like to adopt a statute that would prevent this so-called “Gentrification of the residential areas”. In a first step, the city council has thus defined 25 indicators for Gentrification. These indicators include, for example, the proportion of housing in a residential area that has been converted into condominiums. Another indicator is the proportion of Hartz IV recipients (long-term unemployment benefit) in the population. A third key indicator is the average age of residents in a neighbourhood.
On the basis of these indicators, the city administration wants to identify problematic districts of Cologne. After this expert analysis measures are to be initiated as quickly as possible, Koeln.de reports.
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