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Changes in Walkable Streets during the COVID-19 Pandemic in a Suburban City in the Osaka Metropolitan Area
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Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on Home Range in a Suburban City in the Osaka Metropolitan Area

Department of Housing and Environmental Design, Graduate School of Human Life Science, Osaka City University, Osaka 5588585, Japan
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Sustainability 2021, 13(16), 8974; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13168974
Received: 9 July 2021 / Revised: 7 August 2021 / Accepted: 9 August 2021 / Published: 11 August 2021
This study aims to clarify the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on home range. The home range is the area that individuals traverse in conducting their daily activities, such as working and shopping. In Japan, the central government declared the first state of emergency in April 2020. This study analyzed the panel data for mobile phone GPS location history from April 2019 to April 2020 in Ibaraki City, Osaka Metropolitan area. The study applied the minimum convex polygon method to analyze the data. The results show that the home range decreased significantly between April 2019 and April 2020. Specifically, the home range in 2020 decreased to approximately 50% of that in 2019 because of COVID-19 infection control measures, preventing people from traveling far from their homes and only allowing them to step outside for the bare minimum of daily activities and necessities. The results suggest that the emergency reduced people’s home ranges to the neighborhood scale. Therefore, it is necessary to consider designing new walkable neighborhood environments after the COVID-19 pandemic era. View Full-Text
Keywords: walkability; COVID-19 pandemic; home range; GPS location history data; minimum convex polygon; Osaka Metropolitan area walkability; COVID-19 pandemic; home range; GPS location history data; minimum convex polygon; Osaka Metropolitan area
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Kato, H.; Takizawa, A.; Matsushita, D. Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on Home Range in a Suburban City in the Osaka Metropolitan Area. Sustainability 2021, 13, 8974. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13168974

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Kato H, Takizawa A, Matsushita D. Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on Home Range in a Suburban City in the Osaka Metropolitan Area. Sustainability. 2021; 13(16):8974. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13168974

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Kato, Haruka, Atsushi Takizawa, and Daisuke Matsushita. 2021. "Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on Home Range in a Suburban City in the Osaka Metropolitan Area" Sustainability 13, no. 16: 8974. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13168974

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