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People’s perception influences on the use of green spaces in socio-economically differentiated neighborhoods

de la Barrera, Francisco, Reyes-Paecke, Sonia, Harris, Jordan, Bascuñán, Daniela, Farías, José Manuel
Urban forestry & urban greening 2016 v.20 pp. 254-264
interviews, parks, people, quality of life, social cohesion, socioeconomic status, Latin America
Green spaces are considered as indicators of both quality of life and urban sustainability. In Latin America, some analyses have been made regarding the provision and use of urban green spaces, but there are few studies that analyze how peoples’ perceptions influence the use of these areas. The article analyses factors such as preferences for green spaces over other leisure spaces, community attachment, the image of green spaces, social cohesion, and perceptions of safety in three socioeconomically differentiated neighborhoods within the Metropolitan Area of Santiago. Observations and interviews with users and residents were performed. The neighborhoods showed differing patterns, uses and users of the green spaces, explained primarily by differences of perception regarding community attachment, image, and preference over other spaces. Socio-economic status is associated with the intensity and diversity of use, community attachment, and the image of the parks.