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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), pp. 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.

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Published date: July 2006
Keywords: town centre regeneration, urban quality, economic impact, pedestrianization, land use/transport interaction models


Local EPrints ID: 53438
ISSN: 0301-4797
PURE UUID: 9aec15d1-50dd-4e5a-83a3-54cc8658285b
ORCID for John Preston: ORCID iD

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Date deposited: 21 Jul 2008
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 14:38

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Author: Tim Whitehead
Author: David Simmonds
Author: John Preston ORCID iD

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