Sustainable Cities and Communities

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Liveable City: Towards Economic, Social, Cultural, and Environmental Well-being

  • Krishna RokaEmail author
Living reference work entry


Livability can be defined as the “quality of life” as experienced by the member of the community or a city. Here, livability is seen as improving the economic, social, cultural, and environmental well-being of present and future residents (Timmer and Seymoar 2005). In urban areas livability can be seen as principles that promote equity, dignity, accessibility, conviviality, participation, and empowerment. It can also be measured under three themes in a community, (1) social space, (2) talent attraction and retention as well as economic dynamism, and (3) the overall amenability. In 1997 Hahlweg defined livable city as (in Timmer and Seymoar 2005: xx):

A livable city is a city where I can have a healthy life and where I have the chance for easy mobility – by foot, by bicycle, by public transportation, and even by car where there is no other choice…The livable city is a city for all people. That means that the livable city should be attractive, worthwhile, safe for our...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of SociologyWinona State UniversityWinonaUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Luciana Brandli
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  1. 1.University of Passo FundoPasso FundoBrazil