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Urban Development Concept Berlin 2030: Status Report: Conclusions

Social and Spatial Integration


Map StEK Berlin: Social and Spatial Integration
Map StEK Berlin: Social and Spatial Integration Grafics: Ernst Basler + Partner AG


The safeguarding of social harmony, societal permeability and geographic balance create the foundation for a viable urban community. In this regard, Berlin exhibits an ambivalent nature: It has the potential to develop an extremely diverse populace, while it also possesses areas with high degrees of social problems. The following factors deserve particular emphasis.


Strengths

  • variety of social lifestyles and living situations ("Berlin mix")
  • comprehensive network of childcare facilities, complemented by offerings in district centres
  • diverse populace in terms of origin, type of household, sexual orientation


Weaknesses

  • high number of children and youths with low prospects of success in the educational system due to disadvantaged parents
  • labour force fulfils sought-after qualifications, not as a result of original training or of successful advanced training
  • geographic concentration of social problems in parts of the inner city and outer city (S2)


Opportunities

  • a high degree of space available for potential housing (S1)
  • an international populace, due in part to the shifting patterns of immigration (stronger prevalence of immigrants from countries that were part of the eastern expansion of the EU)
  • higher qualification of young people with migration backgrounds in contrast with previous generations with migration backgrounds
  • space available for temporary use for a wide variety of needs such as small businesses, cultural offerings, recreation and sports (reutilisation of abandoned commercial spaces, former barracks, former social and technical infrastructure or railway yards)
  • Potential in promoting young adults just starting their careers


Threats

  • continually rising prices in the home rental and ownership markets due to high investment and demand pressures and too few new offerings, combined with continually low purchasing power and areas with strong excess demand in the inner and outer city (S3)
  • a higher share of the total populace being over 65 years of age; a lower share of the working populace having good incomes, which has repercussions on the social balance of the city

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