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Encyclopedia of Quality of Life and Well-Being Research

pp 4312-4313

Neighborhood Change

  • Andreas Schulze BäingAffiliated withDepartment of Geography and Planning, University of Liverpool Email author 


Neighborhood analysis; Neighborhood planning; Neighborhood regeneration


Neighborhood change is a term to describe processes of physical and socioeconomic change within and in-between neighborhoods. The term can have a positive meaning, analyzing processes of neighborhood change over time, or it can have a normative meaning in the sense of actively changing neighborhoods.


Following this definition one needs to clarify first what is meant by the term neighborhood. It usually describes a residential or mixed use area in an urban or suburban context. The spatial extent of a neighborhood can be determined by factors such as common features of residents and physical demarcations such as major road/railway tracks or postcode/administrative borders. Particularly in suburban locations, a defining feature can also be that an area was developed around the same time with a homogenous type of built environment and residents moving into the are ...

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