From today’s readings

‘ Degraded and derelict land is perceived as being without order, not clean, and not well maintained. This condition leads to a human assessment of low value and further attracts spontaneous waste dumping, which reinforces degradation. ‘


Lee, S. W., Ellis, C. D., Kweon, B. S. and Hong, S. K. (2008), ‘Relationship between landscape structure and neighborhood satisfaction in urbanized areas’. Landscape and Urban Planning, 85, 1: 60-70.



‘Many metropolitan areas are struggling to accommodate growing populations while avoiding associated social and environmental problems. Some planners have disparaged suburban built environments for cultivating auto-dependence, disproportionately depleting energy, land, and water resources, and generating social isolation and economic segregation. New Urbanists contend that community designs incorporating features of “traditional” neighborhoods like those built in the U.S. before World War II – with moderate density, a grid-like street pattern, a mix of residential and commercial land uses, distinct centers, and an orientation to walking and transit rather than private automobiles – could help curtail some of these ill effects (Fulton, 1996). The extent to which traditional neighborhood designs necessarily produce better outcomes is still in part an open question (see for instance Ellis, 2002, Lund, 2003, Nasar, 2003 and Rodríguez et al., 2006). If they do foster more sustainable living, then there may be justification for policymakers to try to cultivate them. But that leads to a second question: Do people want them?’


Lovejoy, K., Handy, S. and Mokhtarian, P. (2010), ‘Neighborhood satisfaction in suburban versus traditional environments: an evaluation of contributing characteristics in eight California neighborhoods’, Landscape and Urban Planning, 37-48.




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