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Measuring Neighborhood Quality of Life: Placed-Based Sustainability Indicators in Freiburg, Germany

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Entrepreneurial Studies Hobart & William Smith Colleges, Geneva, NY 14456, USA
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School of Sustainability, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ 85281, USA
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School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning and School of Sustainability, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ 85281, USA
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Valley Metro RPTA, 101 North 1st Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85003, USA
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Urban Sci. 2018, 2(4), 106; https://doi.org/10.3390/urbansci2040106
Received: 17 September 2018 / Revised: 22 October 2018 / Accepted: 26 October 2018 / Published: 29 October 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sustainable Place Making and Urban Governance)
There has been a recent upswing of academic interest in the social dimensions of sustainable cities, especially the dynamics of Quality of Life (QoL), Environmental Equity, Ecosystem Services, Eco-Friendliness, Public Engagement, and Well-Being and Happiness Indicators. These factors are only now being evaluated as critical aspects of sustainable place-making and community development. This paper explores the social dimensions of neighborhood development in what some believe to be one of the most sustainable cities—Freiberg, Germany. We look at two neighborhoods that were specifically designed and built with sustainability principles and practices at their core. The authors surveyed residents of these neighborhoods to measure their levels of well-being, satisfaction with place, and other important QoL factors. Quantitative data was ascertained from residents using a survey questionnaire. The results show a high correlation between QoL factors as a function of place-making and sustainability practice. View Full-Text
Keywords: place-making; place attachment; sense of place; sustainable community development place-making; place attachment; sense of place; sustainable community development
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Talmage, C.A.; Hagen, B.; Pijawka, D.; Nassar, C. Measuring Neighborhood Quality of Life: Placed-Based Sustainability Indicators in Freiburg, Germany. Urban Sci. 2018, 2, 106. https://doi.org/10.3390/urbansci2040106

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Talmage CA, Hagen B, Pijawka D, Nassar C. Measuring Neighborhood Quality of Life: Placed-Based Sustainability Indicators in Freiburg, Germany. Urban Science. 2018; 2(4):106. https://doi.org/10.3390/urbansci2040106

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Talmage, Craig A., Bjoern Hagen, David Pijawka, and Cara Nassar. 2018. "Measuring Neighborhood Quality of Life: Placed-Based Sustainability Indicators in Freiburg, Germany" Urban Science 2, no. 4: 106. https://doi.org/10.3390/urbansci2040106

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