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Dense but not crowded : maintaining a sense of neighborhood community in a world of increasing urban density Douglas, Eric


This study investigates the relationship between urban density and sense of community. In particular, it tries to establish whether residents’ sense of community diminishes as density increases, and, if so, what can be done to moderate this relationship. It used an explanatory sequential mixed-methods approach that included an online survey and semi-structured interviews. The findings suggest that there is a negligible relationship between density and sense of community at all density levels except for very dense environments, in which case the relationship is negative. Several types of public space may moderate this relationship, however. Both the survey and the interviews suggest that high-quality parks, walkways, and community centers may increase residents’ sense of community.

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