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Community planning approach and residents’ perceived safety: A landscape analysis of park design in the Woodlands, Texas
Journal of Architectural and Planning Research (2013)
  • Bo Yang, Utah State University
  • Shujuan Li, Utah State University
  • Bret R Elder, Texas A&M University
  • Zhe Wang, Texas A&M University
Abstract
This study compares community-park design and residents’ perceptions of safety in two subdivision communities in The Woodlands, Texas. The communities were built following two different planning approaches — the ecological approach and the conventional approach. Surveys have shown that residents generally feel safer in community parks built according to the latter approach. Using landscape metrics and home-to-park proximity indicators, we examine how different planning approaches affect park design and, as a result, influence residents’ perceptions of safety. We cross-validated the results with survey studies conducted over several years. The study findings suggest that park location, spatial configuration of woody vegetation, and management of understory can be important design considerations that impact residents’ perceived levels of safety. Park designers and managers should also consider providing parks that meet diverse needs and balance the requirements of ecological preservation, aesthetics, and cultural preference.
Publication Date
2013
Citation Information
Bo Yang, Shujuan Li, Bret R Elder and Zhe Wang. "Community planning approach and residents’ perceived safety: A landscape analysis of park design in the Woodlands, Texas" Journal of Architectural and Planning Research Vol. 30 Iss. 4 (2013)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/bo_yang/46/