Competing for space in Tbilisi: transforming residential courtyards to parking in an increasingly car-dependent city

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Title
Competing for space in Tbilisi: transforming residential courtyards to parking in an increasingly car-dependent city
Journal
Eurasian Geography and Economics
Author(s)
David Gogishvili
Publication state
Published
Issued date
18/10/2021
Peer-reviewed
Oui
Language
english
Abstract
Urban transformation in the postsocialist Global East was heavily determined by the mass privatization of state assets and by a dramatic increase in car ownership. Tbilisi, Georgia, has experienced these significant changes. The upsurge in private vehicle ownership was brought about by failing public transit, ineffective planning, suspended vehicle quality control and greater individualism. The problem has been exacerbated on two fronts in Tbilisi: new buildings built since the 1990s are now consuming former open spaces, while more people seek parking for their cars in the few crowded remaining areas leading to competition for parking space. Households of residential buildings are devising strategies for guarding nearby areas suitable for parking, while non-driving residents are at a loss to use these formerly open spaces for other purposes. Barriers are installed by the car-owning residents of apartment blocks to impose the primary function of parking to shared residential courtyards, an understudied communal space, turning them into part of the city’s automobility system. The article relies on data from in-depth interviews with city officials and residents of affected areas, policy documents and field observations from the districts of Tbilisi most affected by such change. It argues that the changes started with the privatization of urban space and followed by an increase in the dominance of the automobile in Tbilisi have led to the rapid modification and deterioration of collective areas of multistory apartment blocks and created factors that are transforming courtyards from leisure space into the part of Tbilisi’s automobility system.
Keywords
Tbilisi, courtyards, automobile, parking, privatization
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Other
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27/10/2021 13:16
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28/10/2021 5:44
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