Analyzing spatial inequalities in use and experience of urban green spaces

Amy Phillips, Frank Canters, Ahmed Z. Khan

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As cities become more densely populated, urban green spaces (UGS) are increasingly important due to the environmental and social benefits they provide. Cities are confronted with the challenge of equitable supply of high-quality urban green that meets the demand of residents. This is particularly relevant in lower-income neighborhoods, which tend to suffer from the lowest supply of (high quality) UGS. In this paper, we perform spatial analysis on the responses of an online user survey to explore how UGS frequency of use, choice, and satisfaction differ by use pattern and place of residence in the Brussels Capital Region. Additionally, we identify the “push-pull” factors of individual UGS by identifying the desirable (pull) and undesirable (push) qualities that may attract or repel the use of a UGS. We find that use pattern is related to choice and experience of UGS. Compared to people who use UGS for social purposes, those who use UGS for nature-oriented reasons more often choose to visit UGS that are substantially farther from their home but are more often satisfied with the UGS they use. Our findings also show that respondents living in areas with higher proportions of disadvantaged groups tend to travel substantially farther to reach their UGS and are more often dissatisfied with the UGS they visit. Finally, our push-pull analysis indicates that characteristics that are important to nature-oriented users, such as quietness and calmness, are often more negatively experienced in dense city center UGS. Our research thus demonstrates the need to bring more green, particularly green that elicits a feeling of “naturalness”, to areas of the city where low green space quality and quantity overlap with areas inhabited by vulnerable populations.
Originele taal-2English
Artikelnummer127674
Aantal pagina's14
TijdschriftUrban Forestry & Urban Greening
Volume74
DOI's
StatusPublished - aug 2022

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Funding Information:
Financial support was provided by Innoviris, the Institute for Promotion of Scientific Research and Innovation in Brussels, Belgium. This research is part of an Innoviris ANTICIPATE project, grant number 2020-PRB-150b.

Funding Information:
Financial support was provided by Innoviris, the Institute for Promotion of Scientific Research and Innovation in Brussels , Belgium. This research is part of an Innoviris ANTICIPATE project, grant number 2020-PRB-150b .

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