We propose an analysis to identify the degree of spatial segregation among different communities of residents in Barcelona. We elaborate a theoretical setting as an extension of the monocentric framework, yielding the creation of mixed spatial units. Our idea is to assess the extent to which spatial segregation is connected to the urban spatial structure, the neighbourhood's status, and the spatial autocorrelation. As a novelty, we perform the empirical exercise by relying on an original database that gathers information for the period 1947–2011. Estimations emphasize that Barcelona increasingly shows a spatial segregation pattern that is based mostly on the gentrification of high-skill workers.
- Urban spatial structure