Do neighbors from different social groups share their activity spaces? A case study in Shanghai

Authors: Na Ta*, East China Normal University, Yue Shen, East China Normal University
Topics: Social Geography, Urban Geography, Asia
Keywords: activity space, segregation, neighborhood
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/5/2019
Start / End Time: 5:00 PM / 6:40 PM
Room: Madison A, Marriott, Mezzanine Level
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In both China and Western countries, it is believed that mixed income neighborhoods will contribute to social contract with different social groups, thus leading to better social cohesion. The underlying assumption of the policy is that people live in the same neighborhood may have more opportunities to interact with each other by participating activities around neighborhood. However, it is not well understood to what extend residents with different socioeconomic attributes in one neighborhood share daily activity locations and how neighborhood environment affects the difference. Using data of suburban resident in Shanghai in 2017, this study examines the influences of built environment on shared activity spaces. Shared activity space is measured by the ratio of individual’s activity locations to multi-group-residents-visit non-work activity locations. We hypothesize that residents with similar socioeconomic attributes are more likely to have shared activity spaces and socioeconomic inequality in one neighborhoods may lead to less shared activity spaces. And compact neighborhood design may help to increase the likelihood of shared activity spaces. Thus, neighborhood planning can help to promote social contact of different social groups.

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