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A Locational Analysis of Parking Lots in Relation to the Pedestrian Landscape

Authors: Dudley Bonsal*, James Madison University
Topics: Geographic Information Science and Systems, Urban Geography, Environmental Perception
Keywords: geospatial analysis, cities, walkability, environmental perception
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/8/2020
Start / End Time: 3:20 PM / 4:35 PM
Room: Virtual Track 3
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Cities are increasingly promoting planning decisions that increase walkability. The built environment as it exists, however, can significantly hinder the ability to make improvements without major redevelopments. Parking lots play a major role, given their adverse effect on the walkability and visual landscape of urban areas. The degree to which they play a negative role depends both on overall area and location relative to other urban features such as buildings, sidewalks, and roads. This study utilizes GIS to analyze the spatial distribution of parking lots in Harrisonburg, Virginia and comparable cities in terms of overall presence, relation to surrounding land use, and location relative to potential pedestrian activity.

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