Journal article

Engaging the unengaged: Understanding residents’ perceptions of social access to urban public space

W Klein, MR Dove, AJ Felson

Urban Forestry and Urban Greening | Elsevier | Published : 2021


Social access to urban parks is an understudied phenomenon encompassing the interplay between the physical conditions of urban neighborhoods and green space with the socio-cultural and historical relationships urban residents have developed with these familiar places. Understanding social access can help inform planners and designers who would like to ensure that measures taken to increase investment in and proximity to urban green space also result in increasing use of that green space by neighboring community members – a key premise in achieving intended benefits such as improved health and well-being. This study uses selected ethnographic field methods supplemented with semi-structured in..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This research was supported by awards from the Hixon Center for Urban Ecology as part of their Hixon Research Fellowship program and the Jubitz Family Endowment for Research Internships Fund. The work arose from the Earth Stewardship Initiative, a multi-disciplinary collaborative to explore how design can promote social and ecological resilience and health. In consultation with authors, figures were developed and drawn by Vittorio Lovato of Ecopolitan Design (Figs. 4,7,8) and Claire Gorman of the Urban Ecology and Design Lab (Fig. 6). Dr. Dexter Locke and Colleen Murphy-Dunning provided methodological guidance. Taylor Bostick provided critical editing support. The findings and opinions reported here do not necessarily reflect those of the funders of this research. The Yale Institutional Review Board Protocol number is 1604017614.