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Memories of vacant lots: how and why residents used informal urban green space as children and teenagers in Brisbane, Australia, and Sapporo, Japan

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Rupprecht, CDD and Byrne, JA and Lo, AY, Memories of vacant lots: how and why residents used informal urban green space as children and teenagers in Brisbane, Australia, and Sapporo, Japan, Children's Geographies, 14, (3) pp. 340-355. ISSN 1473-3285 (2016) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2015 Taylor & Francis

DOI: doi:10.1080/14733285.2015.1048427

Abstract

Contact with nature is vital for the development of children and teenagers. In the past, informal urban green spaces (IGS) such as vacant lots appear to have been used for such purposes. We need to better understand how previous generations used IGS to make sure young people today can also enjoy its social, mental, emotional and physical health benefits. This study quantitatively compared adult residents' memories of IGS use in their childhood and teenage years in two geographically and culturally distinct cities: Brisbane, Australia, and Sapporo, Japan. The results showed most respondents (>70%) remembered using IGS in the past, and preferred it over other green space because it was easily accessible. Most (>70%) recalled experiencing no problems (e.g. danger of injury) when using IGS, a contrast to recently increasing parental concern for children's safety. Such factors may limit present IGS use and prevent it from fulfilling the important role it played for previous generations' recreation.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:city nature, childhood, unstructured play, wildscapes, international comparison, wilderness
Research Division:Studies in Human Society
Research Group:Human Geography
Research Field:Social and Cultural Geography
Objective Division:Cultural Understanding
Objective Group:Other Cultural Understanding
Objective Field:Cultural Understanding not elsewhere classified
Author:Byrne, JA (Professor Jason Byrne)
ID Code:123950
Year Published:2016
Web of Science® Times Cited:7
Deposited By:Geography and Spatial Science
Deposited On:2018-02-02
Last Modified:2018-07-31
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