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Sylwia Dudek-Mańkowska

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The objective of the paper is to determine the characteristics and components of the Warsaw image residing in the consciousness of three investigated groups: metropolitans, entrepreneurs and tourists. A public opinion poll indicated that the prevailing features of respondents’ associations with Warsaw were related to the city particularity as the capital of Poland. Metropolitans and entrepreneurs’ conscious imagination of War-saw were observed to be very suggestive, while tourists’ were observed to be weak. The respondents regarded the city of Warsaw as the most attractive in Poland to run a business in and to visit, and as possessing many historical and cultural assets. The research showed that the majority of the investigated metropolitans, entrepreneurs and tourists judged the living conditions in the capital as good or very good.

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Sylwia Dudek-Mańkowska, Magdalena Fuhrmann, Mirosław Grochowski and Tomasz Zegar

Potential and Conditions for the Development of the Creative Sector in Warsaw

The creative sector has become an important source used to create competitive advantages of the cities. The importance of creative industries in urban development was spotted more than a decade ago. Creative capital is perceived as an impulse and engine of urban changes, a source of new advantages and attractions. Some point out that it mainly develops in big cities, where the authorities deliberately implement measures aimed at supporting and attracting creative entities. The purpose of this study is to present the condition of the creative sector in Warsaw and the way its functioning is perceived by its representatives. It also discusses the support of city authorities for the development of the creative sector.

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Sylwia Dudek-Mańkowska and Frantisek Križan

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The aim of the paper is to summarise the development of shopping centres and their current locations, types and sizes in Warsaw and Bratislava using a comparative analysis method. Both cities are situated in post-communist countries where the transformation of the retail sector shows many similarities. Before the 1990s, globalisation processes could not be observed in the retail sector in either of these countries. After the 1990s, some new forms of retailing started to appear in both Warsaw and Bratislava. Supermarkets, hypermarkets and modern shopping centres came to existence as a new form of retailing which influenced other traditional forms of retailing in these cities.

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Sylwia Dudek-Mańkowska and Magdalena Fuhrmann

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Warsaw is a metropolitan city with great creative potential. All the national media as well as editorial offices of most newspapers and periodicals of national circulation are located here. Mass media, educational institutions, and cultural institutions along with a community of educated and affluent people make Warsaw a leading cultural centre both in terms of potential in creative activities and as a market for products coming from the creative sector. Although the creative sector seems to be treated as an important part of the economic base of Warsaw’s development, creative potential located in the city seems to be underused. The goal of this paper is to present the support of city authorities for the development of the creative sector in Warsaw. The evaluation of problems and bottlenecks articulated by representatives of the creative sector will be confronted with the opinions of representatives of the City Hall.

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Sylwia Dudek-Mańkowska and Bartłomiej Iwańczak

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Research on gentrification has been conducted for over 50 years by representatives of many disciplines. Modern gentrification is a process somewhat different from that originally described by R. Glass in 1964. Authors do not agree how to measure the process, nor how to explain its meaning (Bourne, 1993). Creating the right indicators is very difficult, especially if it is widely believed that gentrification, as a process identifying changes over time and a way of measuring dynamics, should enable the comparison of data from multiple years (Lees, 2010). The aim of this study was to identify the socio-spatial changes taking place in the Warsaw district of Praga Północ and to determine if it can be described as gentrification. The study area is a district stereotypically perceived as neglected, dangerous and deteriorated (e.g. Dudek-Mańkowska, 2011), at the same time subject to strong functional changes. Praga Północ is also an area of interest to many artists, creative industries and developers, and is undergoing gradual regeneration through municipal urban revitalization programs. It is also an area that the media portray as undergoing the process of gentrification. The results show that social and residential changes actually take place but the overall gentrification has not been felt by residents.