Greenspace and place attachment: Do greener suburbs lead to greater residential place attachment?

Anthony Kimpton, Rebecca Wickes, Jonathan Corcoran

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While contemporary urban theories suggest that individuals have transcended their geographical community, evidence suggests that urban residents still feel ‘attached’ to place. In the literature, several socio-demographic characteristics are associated with place attachment. Scholars suggest physical features, such as community ‘greenspace’, may also influence place attachment. Yet research does not consider the relationship between one's objective proximity to greenspace or the objective availability of community greenspace on residents' place attachment. This study employs multi-level models and draws on police incident data, census data, two spatial data sets and survey data from over 4000 residents living across 148 state suburbs in Australia to assess the relationship between greenspace proximity and greenspace availability on place attachment. Our findings indicate that greater proportions and more accessible greenspace may not improve residents' attachment to their local community.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)477-497
Number of pages21
JournalUrban Policy and Research
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 7 Oct 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Place attachment
  • public greenspace

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