SOCIAL SEGMENTATION IN SUBURBANIZATION AFTER TRANSITION: A COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS OF SAINT PETERSBURG AND RIGA
Sechi Guido, PhD, Assistant Professor and Researcher, Department of Human Geography, University of Latvia, Riga, Latvia
Krisjane Zaiga, Berzins Maris, Department of Human Geography, University of Latvia
Zhitin Dmitrii, Department of Economic and Social Geography, Saint Petersburg State University
This study consists of a comparative analysis of suburbanization patterns and their relations with socio-spatial segmentation and segregation dynamics in the functional areas of St. Petersburg and Riga, based on quantitative secondary socio-economic data available at neighborhood and municipal level. Results show similar patterns of suburbanization and segmentation in the two case studies, and a significant connection between the two phenomena. At the same time, some significant differences are found out, depending on the demographic, economic, and market demand specificities of the two countries and cities. Finally, an integration of the proposed meso level analysis with multi-scalar perspectives and an extension of the comparative perspective to Soviet planned cities is proposed.