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Article: Differential community effects on perception and use of urban greenspaces

TitleDifferential community effects on perception and use of urban greenspaces
Authors
KeywordsCommunity effect
Compact city
Outdoor recreation
Public perception
Social function
Urban greenspace
Issue Date2010
PublisherPergamon. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.elsevier.com/locate/cities
Citation
Cities, 2010, v. 27 n. 6, p. 430-442 How to Cite?
AbstractThe 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. © 2010 Elsevier Ltd.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/139842
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2015 Impact Factor: 2.051
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 1.422
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dc.contributor.authorJim, CYen_HK
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dc.date.issued2010en_HK
dc.identifier.citationCities, 2010, v. 27 n. 6, p. 430-442en_HK
dc.identifier.issn0264-2751en_HK
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dc.description.abstractThe 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. © 2010 Elsevier Ltd.en_HK
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherPergamon. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.elsevier.com/locate/citiesen_HK
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dc.subjectCommunity effecten_HK
dc.subjectCompact cityen_HK
dc.subjectOutdoor recreationen_HK
dc.subjectPublic perceptionen_HK
dc.subjectSocial functionen_HK
dc.subjectUrban greenspaceen_HK
dc.titleDifferential community effects on perception and use of urban greenspacesen_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
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dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.cities.2010.07.001en_HK
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