Greenspace and place attachment: do greener suburbs lead to greater residential place attachment?

Kimpton, Anthony, Wickes, Rebecca and Corcoran, Jonathan (2014) Greenspace and place attachment: do greener suburbs lead to greater residential place attachment?. Urban Policy and Research, 32 4: 477-497. doi:10.1080/08111146.2014.908769


Author Kimpton, Anthony
Wickes, Rebecca
Corcoran, Jonathan
Title Greenspace and place attachment: do greener suburbs lead to greater residential place attachment?
Journal name Urban Policy and Research   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0811-1146
1476-7244
Publication date 2014-01-01
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/08111146.2014.908769
Volume 32
Issue 4
Start page 477
End page 497
Total pages 21
Place of publication Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Abstract While contemporary urban theories suggest that individuals have transcended their geographical community, evidence suggests that urban residents still feel 'attached' to place. In the literature, several socio-demographic characteristics are associated with place attachment. Scholars suggest physical features, such as community 'greenspace', may also influence place attachment. Yet research does not consider the relationship between one's objective proximity to greenspace or the objective availability of community greenspace on residents' place attachment. This study employs multi-level models and draws on police incident data, census data, two spatial data sets and survey data from over 4000 residents living across 148 state suburbs in Australia to assess the relationship between greenspace proximity and greenspace availability on place attachment. Our findings indicate that greater proportions and more accessible greenspace may not improve residents' attachment to their local community.
Keyword Place attachment
Public greenspace
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

 
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