The effect of urban quality improvements on economic activity

Whitehead, Tim, Simmonds, David and Preston, John (2006) The effect of urban quality improvements on economic activity. Journal of Environmental Management, 80, (1), 1-12. (doi:10.1016/j.jenvman.2005.01.029).


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This paper is concerned with the link between urban quality improvements and economic activity. A key question is whether improvements in the urban environment which might be achieved, for instance, through pedestrianisation, will affect business location choices - for example, are office or retail businesses particularly keen to locate in more pleasant urban places? The paper outlines the current state of development of the literature with respect to the influence of urban quality on economic activity, and proposes a framework for forecasting economic impacts based on three communities of reference: customers, employees, and the businesses themselves. The results from original modelling of a case study area in Manchester, England are reported and suggest that the positive uplifts that may be expected from environmental improvement programmes may well be on a scale which is significant. The research is obviously important for the urban regeneration and renaissance agendas which posit attractive and well-designed environments as a way to create the right conditions for promoting economic growth.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1016/j.jenvman.2005.01.029
ISSNs: 0301-4797 (print)
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Keywords: town centre regeneration, urban quality, economic impact, pedestrianization, land use/transport interaction models
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
T Technology
T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Civil Engineering and the Environment
ePrint ID: 53438
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
July 2006Published
Date Deposited: 21 Jul 2008
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 12:32

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