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Uneven Access and Underuse of Ecological Amenities in Urban Parks of the Río Piedras Watershed

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dc.contributor.author Santiago, Luis E.
dc.contributor.author Verdejo Ortiz, Julio C.
dc.contributor.author Santiago-Bartolomei, Raul
dc.contributor.author Melendez-Ackerman, Elvia J.
dc.contributor.author Garcia-Montiel, Diana C.
dc.date.accessioned 2014-04-22T20:17:30Z
dc.date.available 2014-04-22T20:17:30Z
dc.date.issued 2014 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/9338
dc.description.abstract "The association between consumption of ecological amenities in a park setting and improved physical and mental health substantiates the need for improved accessibility to green areas in lower-income neighborhoods. We measured green area accessibility, considering income variation, and park use in a densely populated tropical urban watershed. Park use was explored with 442 in-person interviews, and U.S. Census and Puerto Rico Commonwealth data were used to measure accessibility. Nearly 20% of residents earning ? $15,000 lived within park service areas with the highest crime incidence in the region, whereas 90% of those earning > $75,000 lived within park service areas with lower crime rates. Innovative nonexclusionary activities such as growing vegetable gardens are needed to attract lower-income residents and increase their sense of safety in urban parks." en_US
dc.language English en_US
dc.subject watersheds en_US
dc.subject parks en_US
dc.subject ecology en_US
dc.title Uneven Access and Underuse of Ecological Amenities in Urban Parks of the Río Piedras Watershed en_US
dc.type Journal Article en_US
dc.type.published unpublished en_US
dc.type.methodology Case Study en_US
dc.coverage.region Central America & Caribbean en_US
dc.coverage.country Puerto Rico en_US
dc.subject.sector Water Resource & Irrigation en_US
dc.identifier.citationjournal Ecology and Society en_US
dc.identifier.citationvolume 19 en_US
dc.identifier.citationnumber 1 en_US
dc.identifier.citationmonth March en_US

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