The Relationship between Spatial Configuration and Arab Minority Residential Patterns in Israeli Mixed Cities

Ran Goldblatt, Itzhak Omer

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Abstract

This paper investigates how city's street network is related to the residential dynamics of the Arab minority's residential pattern in five Israeli Arab-Jewish mixed cities. Based on the the space syntax methodological framework we analysed the metric and topological access between individual streets. The results obtained show an association between residential pattern changes and the relative access of individual streets to the core area of the Arab's community (at the local and the global level) and discontinuity of street networks. The results clearly indicate that topological accessibility (i.e. topological distance between axial lines) is more significant in determining the dynamics of minority-majority residential pattern than is metric distance. The findings thus support the notion that a city's spatial configuration provides essential conditions for urban ethnic dynamics and the evolution of minority groups' residential patterns. Hence, this factor might be essential for policy making regarding minority-majority residential segregation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)321-338
Number of pages18
JournalTijdschrift Voor Economische en Sociale Geografie
Volume106
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jul 2015

Keywords

  • Mixed cities
  • Residential segregation
  • Space syntax
  • Spatial integration
  • Street network
  • Urban spatial configuration

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