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Environments 2018, 5(2), 23; https://doi.org/10.3390/environments5020023

Preferences for Urban Green Space Characteristics: A Comparative Study in Three Portuguese Cities

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Departamento de Geografia, Universidade do Porto/CEGOT, Via Panorâmica s/n, 4150-564 Porto, Portugal
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Escola Superior Agrária-Instituto Politécnico de Viana do Castelo, Convento de Refóios, Refóios do Lima, 4990-706 Ponte de Lima, Portugal
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Escola Superior de Comunicação Social, Instituto Politécnico de Lisboa, Campus de Benfica, 1549-014 Lisboa, Portugal
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Escola Superior Agrária-Instituto Politécnico de Viana do Castelo, Convento de Refóios, Refóios do Lima, 4990-706 Ponte de Lima, Portugal
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Received: 28 December 2017 / Revised: 26 January 2018 / Accepted: 29 January 2018 / Published: 1 February 2018
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Many studies have argued that a better understanding of people’s preferences about public urban green spaces may inform urban planners to effectively provide and manage urban green spaces to meet users’ needs. The aim of this study is to examine urban residents preferred public green space characteristics and investigate whether similarities and differences can be highlighted in three different Portuguese cities. Through a web-based questionnaire based on the best-worst scaling (BWS) method, residents of Lisbon, Porto and Évora (n = 750) were asked to select the most and least important public green space characteristic among thirteen attributes. The results suggest a consensus about some green space characteristics across cities but also the existence of some local variations in city residents’ preferences. Overall, this study can support public authorities and urban planners as they strive to effectively design and manage urban green spaces to meet users’ needs. View Full-Text
Keywords: public green spaces; urban parks; best-worst scaling (BWS); preferences; survey public green spaces; urban parks; best-worst scaling (BWS); preferences; survey
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Madureira, H.; Nunes, F.; Oliveira, J.V.; Madureira, T. Preferences for Urban Green Space Characteristics: A Comparative Study in Three Portuguese Cities. Environments 2018, 5, 23.

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