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Land, Volume 6, Issue 3 (September 2017)
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Cover Story (view full-size image) Urban residents’ health depends on green infrastructure to cope with climate change. Declining tax [...] Read more. Urban residents’ health depends on green infrastructure to cope with climate change. Declining tax income makes creating new parks difficult—especially in Japan, where some cities already lack green space. Could informal urban green spaces (IGS), such as vacant lots and brownfields, provide a solution? This study used a representative online survey to ask how residents of four large shrinking cities perceive and use IGS, and what their preferences for IGS management are. Results show residents know of IGS areas that are close by, and 20% already use IGS for recreation. Recreation and urban agriculture were preferred as management goals, over redevelopment and non-management. Most residents said city administrations should mediate usage and liability, but participatory management could improve the appearance of IGS. On this basis, we propose eight principles for participatory informal green space planning. View the paper