Infrastructural Barriers and Spatial Segregation

The industrialization of Sofia during the XX century left behind a vast railway network, once part of the Orient Express route. With urban growth, the railway corridors transform from periphery into infrastructural barriers segregating the northern and the southern residential neighborhoods. These barriers, along with dividing space, obstruct residents’ welfare. The possibilities for sustainable mobility, access to social infrastructure and natural environment are much more reduced for the urban dwellers in the neighborhoods north of the railway barrier.