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Accessibility of public services in districts of Warsaw: a comparative study

Authors
  • Małachowski, Aleksander1
  • Dąbski, Maciej2
  • Wilk, Waldemar3
  • 1 Medical University of Warsaw, Poland , (Poland)
  • 2 Department of Geomorphology, Chair of Physical Geography, Faculty of Geography and Regional Studies, University of Warsaw, Poland , (Poland)
  • 3 Chair of Urban Geography and Spatial Planning, Faculty of Geography and Regional Studies, University of Warsaw, Poland , (Poland)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Miscellanea Geographica
Publisher
Sciendo
Publication Date
Jul 31, 2020
Volume
24
Issue
3
Pages
176–182
Identifiers
DOI: 10.2478/mgrsd-2020-0019
Source
De Gruyter
Keywords
License
Green

Abstract

The aim of this work is to verify whether accessibility to public services in city districts of Warsaw, corresponds to real-estate prices. We introduce a new index named the “Urban Services Accessibility Index” (USAI) which compares the availability of public services within districts of a city in three dimensions: access to healthcare, access to education, and availability of public transport. We found that the districts of Śródmieście, Ochota and Żoliborz have the highest apartment prices and USAI values. Warsaw exhibits a clear distance-decay pattern in USAI values which correlates well with average apartment prices. This pattern results from poor development of public services in peripheral city districts (e.g. Bemowo, Białołęka, Wilanów) while the central district of Śródmieście stands out as the unquestionable leader in terms of accessibility to the mentioned services. USAI proved itself to be a robust method in the comparative analysis of city districts’ development.

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