Modeling Green Space Equity and Investment in Los Angeles Neighborhoods

Authors: Michael Reibel, California State Polytechnic University, Angelica Rocha*, California State Polytechnic University, Alessandro Rigolon, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Topics: Urban Geography
Keywords: green gentrification; environmental gentrification; urban planning; environmental equity; environmental justice
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/6/2019
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM
Room: Governor's Room, Omni, East
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Over the last ten years, the City of Los Angeles has developed many initiatives and promises to improve green space equity for their residents. Although funding for green space projects and facilities appears to be on the rise, the City remains plagued by unequal distribution of areas with high access to green space and areas with little to no access to green spaces. The purpose of the following study is to understand where investment for new green spaces is occurring and for whom. First, the research will conduct an exploratory data analysis using graphical techniques to understand green space investments and dynamic socioeconomic changes. Additionally, hot spot maps will be created to analyze the relationship between green space investments and apparent gentrification. The model will highlight if there are any relationships between static and dynamic neighborhood composition to determine which neighborhoods appear to experience preferential investment. Then, a statistical analysis will investigate the direction of causality between new green space investments and gentrification.

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