Gaps in ‘Spatial Capital’ between Haifa's Neighborhoods

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The study under progress is designed to help identify the level of disparities between neighborhoods through the definition of ‘spatial profiles’. Spatial profiles are constructed through categorizing the distribution of goods and services within the local authority, based on the theory of capital assets. These profiles form the basis for a tool to help formulate policy recommendations for effective spatial distribution of urban resources; according to environmental, cultural and social assets. On a spatial level, capital assets are complex, reflecting the capabilities of the city and its neighborhoods in the context of innovation, productivity and development. From the resident’s perspective the capital assets reflect the production, accumulation, and transmission of spatial capital. In order to measure the accumulation of capital assets, a field survey by household interviews using a structured questionnaire specifically built for this purpose was conducted in three neighborhoods in the city of Haifa, Israel. Data on the relevant capital assets was collected and examined at a neighborhood level: social capital, cultural capital, and economic capital. In addition, the living environment was analyzed by observation and classification, in an attempt to better understand the relationship between the different characteristics and opportunities for individuals living in it and their interactions. The data was analyzed to build a spatial profile of each neighborhood thereby understanding the nature, potential and challenges of diversity in contemporary societies and help to formulate urban policy to create neighborhoods' capabilities.
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