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QUEIROS, João. Urban rehabilitation policies and social change in Porto's historic center: residents' perspectives on their recent evolution. Sociologia [online]. 2016, vol.31, pp.29-58. ISSN 0872-3419.

A decade has passed since Porto's city council, through its “urban rehabilitation agency”, put forward a renewed strategy aiming at the urban “rehabilitation” of the city's historic center. This paper presents some of the results of a field research willing to highlight the main physical and social transformations resulting from the materialization of that strategy. The paper scrutinizes some of the major changes in the social fabric of Porto's historic center and analyzes how longtime residents interpret and deal with the implications of the rehabilitation-cum- gentrification of their place of residence

Keywords : Urban rehabilitation; gentrification; longtime residents; Porto's historic center.

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