STRIKING A GREEN BALANCE: ASSESSING EQUITY IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF ELEVATED PUBLIC PARK PROJECTS IN PHILADELPHIA AND WASHINGTON D.C.
|Palmer, Labaron Andre
|This research seeks to investigate the impact of equitable development strategies on urban environmental justice. I focused on the extent to which the processes that accompany the highly visible large-scale park planning projects promote equity and inclusion in the Rail Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and the 11th Street Bridge Park in Washington D.C. This research focuses on natural urban environment settings, with attention given to the development of highly visible parks projects that take at least partial inspiration from New York City’s High Line Park. Park development in underserved neighborhoods can lead to green gentrification. Thus, equity concerns are raised, as the very residents that would benefit the most from environmental improvements such as green space remediation and expansion are more likely to be excluded due to their development. I employed a qualitative methodology utilizing content analysis and 33 in depth interviews were conducted at two park project sites in Philadelphia and Washington D.C. Based on grounded theory, I explored stakeholder attitudes, feelings, and perceptions tied to varied notions of equity and the engagement levels of planning processes connected to park project development. Trust capital emerged as a major theme in the perceived efficacy of development processes that pursue equitable goals. This factor fluctuates with stakeholder perceptions of equity and the legitimization of socioeconomic concerns expressed by the community in urban green infrastructure development. This research concludes that the inclusion of an equitable development (ED) process impacts greening project implementation and the individuals involved.
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|STRIKING A GREEN BALANCE: ASSESSING EQUITY IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF ELEVATED PUBLIC PARK PROJECTS IN PHILADELPHIA AND WASHINGTON D.C.
|Cybriwsky, Roman A.
|Wray, Matt, 1964-
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