Town Planning Review

Children in Los Angeles parks: A study of equity, quality and children's satisfaction with neighbourhood parks

Town Planning Review (2002), 73, (4), 467–488.

Abstract

Is there an open space inequity in Los Angeles? Are the physical and qualitative characteristics of inner-city parks different from suburban parks? Are park uses and perceptions, and level of satisfaction with parks different for inner city and suburban children? This study addresses the above questions by examining the allocation of neighbourhood parks in Los Angeles. It compares the provision and quality of park facilities, as well as the level of satisfaction of children users in both the inner city and the suburban neighbourhoods of San Fernando Valley. More specifically, the study uses GIS technology to map the distribution and facilities of parks and the open space needs of neighbourhoods in which they are located. Observations, interviews and surveys are also employed to study in detail eight case studies of parks (four in each area) and the needs and preferences of children users.

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Loukaitou-Sideris, Anastasia

Stieglitz, Orit