Melissa McCabeAn Audit of the Philadelphia Park System: How well do the parks serve minority and poor Philadelphia residents?Research Advisor: Dr. Michael KrassaWednesday, April 22nd at 10 AM CSTJoin Zoom Meeting: https://illinois.zoom.us/j/97813707926?pwd=S2NvNlBiOTFYMkRZSWhvSXBaS0JGUT09.
Meeting ID: 978-1370-7926
Parks are an essential community resource that can promote the interaction between humans and the natural world. The connection between time in nature and the positive physical and mental health benefits one can reap is being researched in various subjects, including environmental science, medicine, psychology, and city planning. With a consistently increasing urban population worldwide, the incorporation of parks in urban settings is integral in promoting healthy lifestyle choices for residents. This study investigates the equity of park accessibility and quality in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Through the adaptation of public space auditing tools and with the use of Google Earth Imagery, ArcGIS, and United States Census data, this audit suggests non-significant relationships between both the accessibility and the quality of parks and race or socioeconomic status (SES) in Philadelphia. This analysis did reveal a connection between the accessibility and quality of parks, however, regardless of race and SES.
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