Community/Neighborhood Development



Featured Faculty Research: Parks, Open Space, and Recreations: Infrastructure for Healthy and Sustainability Cities



los angeles trailPark space is an environmental amenity or good, with implications for health, child development, social capital, and quality of the urban ambient environment. Likewise, public recreational programs are central to engaging diverse population groups in physical activity, with broad ranging and long-lasting public health implications.

IURD Faculty Affiliate and College of Environmental Design Dean Jennifer Wolch is part of a team that has investigated relationships between the urban built environment, physical activity and public health; developed metrics and tools for the analysis of park and recreation access; characterized inequities across demographic groups and communities in metropolitan regions; studied urban trails and alleys as infrastructure for health promotion and sustainability; and examined the ways in which racialization of park space may influence park use.

Her colleagues on this work are: Michael Jerrett and Jason Su from the UC Berkeley School of Public Health, Pascale Joassart-Marcelli (San Diego State University), Kim Reynolds (Claremont Graduate University), Genevieve Dunton (USC), Josh Newell (University of Michigan), Mona Seymour (Loyola Marymount University), and Jason Byrne (Griffith University) along with the USC's Transdisiplinary Research on Energetics and Cancer (TREC) team led by Kiros Berhane and Rob McConnnell, and the Green Visions Plan team led by Wolch and Travis Longcore and John Wilson (USC).



Other Research

Building Support for Transit-Oriented Development: Do Community Engagement Tookits Work? PDF of full report

From the introduction: Many metropolitan areas are struggling with how to accommodate future population growth—and are looking to transit-oriented development (TOD) as a potential solution.... Planners must "sell" the developments as beneficial to the community and the region, and follow up on their promises by creating good plans and developments.... The process requires a great deal of community education and outreach at community meetings, often aided by community engagement tools.... Despite their widespread usage, there is little information about these tools' effectiveness. It is this gap that this study will attempt to fill, to help inform the work of developers, planners, and community engagement groups.

Research by the Center for Community Innovation