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An Assessment of Urban Park Access Using House-Level Data in Urban China: Through the Lens of Social Equity

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School of Architecture and Urban Planning, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093, China
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College of Architecture, Planning, and Public Affairs, University of Texas at Arlington, TX 76019, USA
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(7), 2349; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph17072349
Received: 24 February 2020 / Revised: 28 March 2020 / Accepted: 29 March 2020 / Published: 31 March 2020
The various benefits of urban green space are gaining increasing attention nowadays. Hence, the distribution of green space has become a scrutinized concern for spatial equity among local governments and the planning scholars. This study is the first quantitative evaluation of urban park accessibility using house-level data in urban China, from the perspective of social equity. We chose Nanjing as the empirical case and examined 2709 real estate units and 79 parks within the city. Accessibility is measured by the 10-min walking distance from homes to the adjacent urban parks. Using the Street Network Analysis model in ArcGIS and the statistical methods in SPSS, the result shows that 60.5% of the real estates in Nanjing are located within a 10-min walk to access urban parks. However, this accessibility is positively correlated with housing prices, and negatively correlated with the age of the buildings, holding all other factors constant. While affluent homeowners capture a high-quality green amenity, newly-built low-income communities, where most residents are classified as a vulnerable population, have the lowest percentage of accessible green space. This study reveals the existing spatial disparities of urban park accessibility among different socio-economic groups in Nanjing, China. Additionally, we found that urban redevelopment projects with greening and the large-scale affordable housing construction are pricing out the urban poor and rural immigrants from the inner city to the urban peripheral areas. This will reduce the accessibility to urban parks and other public service facilities among the lower income families, and exacerbate the inequality among the rich and the poor in terms of their quality of life. Main findings of this study can inform policy decisions regarding equitable park provision in the construction of the green city and the sustainable development in urban China and other developing countries. View Full-Text
Keywords: public park; green space; accessibility; spatial differentiation; social justice; environmental equity public park; green space; accessibility; spatial differentiation; social justice; environmental equity
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Yu, S.; Zhu, X.; He, Q. An Assessment of Urban Park Access Using House-Level Data in Urban China: Through the Lens of Social Equity. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 2349. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph17072349

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Yu S, Zhu X, He Q. An Assessment of Urban Park Access Using House-Level Data in Urban China: Through the Lens of Social Equity. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2020; 17(7):2349. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph17072349

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Yu, Siqi, Xigang Zhu, and Qian He. 2020. "An Assessment of Urban Park Access Using House-Level Data in Urban China: Through the Lens of Social Equity" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 17, no. 7: 2349. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph17072349

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