Differential community effects on perception and use of urban greenspaces

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Title Differential community effects on perception and use of urban greenspaces
Author Lo, Alex; Jim, C.Y.
Journal Name Cities
Year Published 2010
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Elsevier
Abstract The social profiles of residential communities exert differential effects on expectations and demands on urban greenspaces. We studied the diversity of public perception towards urban greenspaces in compact urban Hong Kong. Random household samples were selected from four dominant residential communities: old-core public housing (OP), old-core residential (OR), suburban residential (SR), and new-town public housing (NP). They denote gradations in income, housing quality, physical and social milieu, and development age. Face-to-face interviews were conducted using a structured questionnaire. Residents’ attitude, visiting pattern, greenspace preference, and assessment of neighborhood quality were investigated. SR presented distinctive results in comparison with others. The moderate differences between the remaining three communities were mainly linked to local traits in park environs. OP more emphasized the function of communal places for neighborly interactions associated with better social relationship of an older population. Parks in OR were the more frequently visited, even though its residents were sensitive to the negative impacts of urban greenspaces, which was related to urban blight in the environs. SR respondents highly appreciated greenspaces as pleasant settings for family activities and aesthetic enjoyment. NP residents were less frequent visitors despite generous park provision, due to the youthful population, weak social cohesion, and limited integration of new migrants. Community quality factors such as neighborhood relationship and urban density influenced the perception. Social qualities were more important than the physical aspects of parks in influencing visitorship. The findings suggest future research to deepen understanding of public perception towards urban greenspaces to inform park design.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cities.2010.07.001
Copyright Statement Copyright 2010 Elsevier. This is the author-manuscript version of this paper. Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the journal's website for access to the definitive, published version.
Volume 27
Issue Number 6
Page from 430
Page to 442
ISSN 0264-2751
Date Accessioned 2011-12-07
Language en_US
Research Centre Urban Research Program
Faculty Faculty of Science, Environment, Engineering and Technology
Subject Recreation, Leisure and Tourism Geography; Urban Design
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/42610
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1x

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