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Assessing Active Living Potential: Case Study of Jacksonville, Florida

Department of Urban and Regional Planning, College of Design, Construction, and Planning, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611, USA
Urban Sci. 2018, 2(2), 44;
Received: 19 April 2018 / Revised: 24 May 2018 / Accepted: 28 May 2018 / Published: 29 May 2018
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Many municipalities in the US are deploying urban planning approaches to resolve problems caused by urban sprawl, particularly the lack of support for physical activity. Although a variety of perspectives on the relationship between physical activity and built environment exist, many studies have suggested objective and reliable measures of urban form that encourage more opportunities for physical activity. Thus, based on the research context, this study builds a Geographic Information System (GIS) model using geospatial dimensions, yields a visualized map ranked by composite scores, and reveals the spatial distribution of quantified cells. Through the Jacksonville case study, it is shown that the GIS-based visualization method provides an expanded set of tools that can help urban planners and public health professionals understand the relationships between urban form and potential for active living. Consequently, these map-based visualized results provide valuable information to health and public policy professionals to coordinate and resolve mutual challenges. View Full-Text
Keywords: active built environment; GIS; geospatial dimension; physical activity; urban form active built environment; GIS; geospatial dimension; physical activity; urban form

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