Encountering urban diversity: Guided tour in Copenhagen's Nordvest with Linda Lapina
This guided tour of Copenhagen's Nordvest district examines encounters with difference in a contested urban setting. Nordvest can be described as a super- or hyperdiverse district. In addition to being a multicultural neighbourhood (ethnic, cultural and religious diversity) with different income levels and forms of housing, it is a post-industrial, post-working class district with many subcultures and grassroots activist groups. Although still stigmatized as “the municipal garbage bin” and “Denmark’s Albania”, thanks to its authenticity, edge and relatively affordable housing, Nordvest has become increasingly attractive to creative start-ups, artists, students, and young families, signifying a gentrification process.