This qualitative research examines the perceived walkability of different neighbourhood built-form patterns and their implications for the social life of older people. The findings suggest that both transport and leisure/exercise walking are more frequent within master-planned communities (MPC) as opposed to conventional suburbs. The main reasons for this are the proximity of destinations, the provision of aesthetically attractive areas, and residents’ feelings of being safe from crime and risk of injury within MPCs. The research reveals that walking within MPCs significantly contributes to more frequent social interactions and the establishment of weak and absent ties among older age residents.
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Alidoust, S., Bosman, C. & Holden, G. Talking while walking: an investigation of perceived neighbourhood walkability and its implications for the social life of older people. J Hous and the Built Environ 33, 133–150 (2018). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10901-017-9558-1
- Walkable neighbourhood
- Master-planned community
- Conventional suburb
- Social life
- Ageing population