Fachgebiet Stadtsoziologie
Prof. Dr. Annette Spellerberg

Sub-project as part of a row of preliminary investigations in the context of the Federal Committee program “Social City”.

The representative questioning was done, to figure out the view of the citizens concerning their district and the living conditions. With the sudy, information was supposed to be gathered how people perceive and evaluate their living conditions, how strongly they feel connected to the city center Kaiserslautern West and which changes the different social classes want. A representative sample of n=1331 people from the data-set of the registration office was drawn. In the net sample 1029 addresses remain, of which 429 interviews could be realized. The response rate is at 42% (high gap between the gross sample and the net sample because of nursing homes, canceled interviews and relocation). As interviewers students were asked, that were instructed and assisted in situ. The questionnaire was very detailed and combined aspects such as living conditions, past mobility, reasons for moving, perception of the area, neighborly conditions and the bond with the area, as well as     questions about lifestyle and social-structural aspects. A central point was to collect objective data to the different problems (e.g. size of the apartment) in combination with the subjective evaluation (e.g. happiness with the size of apartment). This enables to consider the peoples needs. It shows that there are less problems in the social structure, but at a different level than in other Social City Projects, than with actual area related features. A problematic part is families that live in small space. Social and cultural facilities are missing completely or are neglected. Others are very monotone in their use or traffic influences the quality. Due to the high fluctuation and high mobility rate, which is mainly an issue for the well-resourced classes, there is an indication to selective migration processes, which can be minimized by social infrastructure and investment measures in public spaces.

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