Urban parks: green spaces or green walls

Solecki, W.D. & J.M. Welch, 1995, Urban parks: green spaces or green walls, in: Landscape and Urban Planning, 32,

  • Author : Solecki, W.D. & J.M. Welch
  • Year : 1995
  • Journal/Series : Landscape and Urban Planning
  • Volume Number (CONSECUTIVE: Counting all Volumes of this Journal ever published) : 32
  • Pages : 93-106
  • Abstract in English : Urban parks may function as a boundary landscape separating neighbourhoods of distinct socio-economic characteristics. When an urban park functions is this way, it impoverishes neighbourhoods because it often leads to less use of the open space rescue, which then become a derelict landscape. The purpose of this paper is to explore the characteristics of urban parks that serve as boundaries between socially and economically distinct neighbourhoods and to determine, at least to some degree, what the impact of being a boundary has on the park amenity value. The evidence presented suggests that parks can function as boundaries between neighbourhoods with different socio-economic characteristics. In this way, parks were shown not only to function as sources of recreation but also as integral features in dynamic urban landscape. The study also provided initial evidence that the boundary parks are in poorer physical condition than parks surrounded by a single homogeneous neighbourhood.
  • Comments/Notes : KEYWORDS: urban parks, neighbourhoods, boundary landscape, societal significance. UTILITY: lecturers/teachers, academic research, students of universities of professional education.(See also: Gobster, P.H., 1998. in this database)