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GIS Analysis of Park Distribution and Accessibility in the Los Angeles Metro & South Service Planning Areas: A Look Into the Health & Socioeconomic Factors of 2010, 2011 & 2015

Authors: Diana Sotelo*, California State Polytechnic University, Kelly Huh , California State Polytechnic University
Topics: Geography and Urban Health, Urban Geography, Geographic Information Science and Systems
Keywords: Park poverty, park availability, park accessibility, obesity, diabetes prevalence, current depression, socio-economic factors, health factors, Los Angeles Service Planning Areas (SPA), Metro Planning Area, South Planning Area, median income, race, ethnicity, Asian race, African American race, Hispanic race, White race
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/8/2020
Start / End Time: 3:20 PM / 4:35 PM
Room: Virtual Track 3
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The data collected for this study was to conduct a park poverty analysis on the Los Angeles Service Planning Areas (SPA). The analysis was based on measurements taken for park availability and accessibility with a focus to help determine which areas were the most park impoverished. The results of this assessment appointed the Metro and South SPA as the areas of interest. This was due to both SPA falling under satisfactory park availability and accessibility requirements. Furthermore, health and socioeconomic factors during 2010, 2011, and 2015 were looked at and considered for the analysis. The health analysis was performed by using the above years data of obesity, diabetes prevalence, and current depression, while the socioeconomic factor was considered data on the median income and race/ethnicity distribution in both SPA. The overall analysis leads to a park placement proposal on a potential vacant land located in an area that is both distanced away from other parks and surrounded by a high population density.

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