Quality of life . . . livability . . . sense of place. Communities across America are striving to define these terms and to bring them to life, as they make decisions about transportation systems and other aspects of planning and development.
Community and Quality of Life discusses important concepts that undergird community life and offers recommendations for collaborative planning across space and time. The book explores:
- Livability as an ensemble concept, embracing notions such as quality of place and sustainability. It discusses how to measure the three legs of livability (social, economic, ecological) while accounting for politics and personal values. And the book examines how to translate broad ideas about livability into guidelines for policymaking
- Place as more than location, including the natural, human-built, and social environments. The book discusses the impact of population changes over time, the links between regional and local identity, and other issues
- Tools for decision making in transportation and community planning. It reviews a variety of decision models and tools such as geographic information systems (GIS) as well as public and private sources of relevant data.
Including several case examples, this book will be important to planners, planning decision makers, planning educators and students, social scientists, community activists, and interested individuals.
"The book comes at an opportune time to affect decision making at many scales; it provides a comprehensive guide to defining livability and outlines the advantages and disadvantages of providing and using federal, state, local, and private data sources. The language is quite accessible, so it is appropriate for policymakers, planners, researchers, and graduate students from varying disciplines. Transportation policy makers and planners should find this book particularly useful, though the book will also be informative for decision makers and researchers interested in clarifying and measuring other facets of growth, community, and environment."
-- Journal of Regional Science, February 2004
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