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Planning walkable neighborhoods: are we overlooking diversity in abilities and ages?


Stafford, L and Baldwin, C, Planning walkable neighborhoods: are we overlooking diversity in abilities and ages?, Journal of Planning Literature, 33, (1) pp. 17-30. ISSN 0885-4122 (2017) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1177/0885412217704649


Despite growing numbers of studies on planning walkable neighborhoods, few have included people with diverse abilities across the age spectrum. This article demonstrates a need for more inclusion of human diversity in walkable neighborhoods research to better inform policy, planning, and design interventions that are spatially and socially just for all ages and all abilities. Our study addresses this through a critical review of the literature, highlighting existing research practices, known person–environment influences on walkability, and limitations within current knowledge. We recommend future integrated and inclusive research directions to encapsulate diversity of abilities and ages in walkable neighborhood studies.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:walkability, neighborhood, disability, older people, children, young people, planning, mobility
Research Division:Built Environment and Design
Research Group:Urban and regional planning
Research Field:Land use and environmental planning
Objective Division:Construction
Objective Group:Construction planning
Objective Field:Urban planning
UTAS Author:Stafford, L (Dr Lisa Stafford)
ID Code:149324
Year Published:2017
Web of Science® Times Cited:38
Deposited By:Geography and Spatial Science
Deposited On:2022-03-24
Last Modified:2022-05-23

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