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    Author(s): Paul H. Gobster
    Date: 2001
    Source: Local Environment 6(2):199?212
    Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
    Station: North Central Research Station
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    New Urbanism and other metropolitan planning strategies may discount the importance of neighbourhood-open space relationships when dealing with some types of open spaces, particularly in city centre and urban fringe areas. In this paper I review a series of studies I have carried out over the past decade looking at people's perceptions and uses of urban open space. This research examined neighbourhood-open space relationships in the metropolitan area of Chicago, Illinois, USA at four scales of concern: quasi-public space within an immediate neighbourhood; a public park that spans different neighbourhoods; regional greenways; and a metropolitan bioreserve. In all of this work, my findings show how adjacent neighbourhoods are critical to the success of these open spaces, regardless of their scale. Lessons are drawn from each scale for how neighbourhood-open space relationships might be improved.

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    Gobster, Paul H. 2001. Neighbourhood-open space relationships in metropolitan planning: a look across four scales of concern. Local Environment 6(2):199?212

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