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

Stafford, L ORCID: 0000-0003-3439-9972 and Baldwin, C 2017 , 'Planning walkable neighborhoods: are we overlooking diversity in abilities and ages?' , Journal of Planning Literature, vol. 33, no. 1 , pp. 17-30 , doi: 10.1177/0885412217704649.

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Abstract

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 Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Stafford, L and Baldwin, C
Keywords: walkability, neighborhood, disability, older people, children, young people, planning, mobility
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Planning Literature
Publisher: Sage Publications Inc
ISSN: 0885-4122
DOI / ID Number: 10.1177/0885412217704649
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