Challenges of post-socialism suburb: The case of Pieriga
Rıga Stradiņš University, Latvia
The construction of new private suburban houses at the Pieriga (the suburban zone surrounding the capital city of Riga) that was affected by the land market created building territories that do not have a common planning or infrastructure. The suburbanization process of Pieriga took place on the territories of agriculture, former gardening societies and partly at the forests. By creating the building territories that lacked an architectonic or a social conception, it was forgotten that the transformation of the land includes not only the visual changes but also the changes of lifestyles. Because of the growth of the number of the inhabitants in Pieriga, the commuting to Riga and to other cities is also increasing. A quantitative research work shows that in Latvia Pieriga is a desired place of residence. The life in the suburb has become a form of the consumption of the status that is still built on the hopes of and upward mobility.
Key words: suburb / suburbanization / migration / private suburban house / solidarity
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