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Arenas, arena architecture and the impact on location desirability: the case of `Olympic Arenas' in Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin

Ahlfeldt, Gabriel M. and Maennig, Wolfgang (2009) Arenas, arena architecture and the impact on location desirability: the case of `Olympic Arenas' in Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin. Urban Studies, 46 (7). pp. 1343-1362. ISSN 1360-063X

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Abstract

This paper investigates impacts of three multifunctional sports arenas situated in Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg, Germany, employing highly disaggregated data on land values. The three arenas, their architecture and location within the city were explicitly designed to contribute to revitalisation of their economically deprived neighbourhoods. A difference-in-differences approach is employed to check for structural breaks in development of land values within areas of potential impact. The results suggest that arenas emanate positive externalities that improve location desirability in their neighbourhoods. However, evidence also supports concerns that the negative external effects of arenas may adversely affect neighbourhoods, when not addressed appropriately during planning.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://usj.sagepub.com/
Additional Information: © 2009 Urban Studies Journal limited
Library of Congress subject classification: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
Sets: Departments > Geography and Environment
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 15 Oct 2009 10:35
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/25513/

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