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An aspect of the social implications of residential area planning : a technique to assess the ideal role of neighbor. Benjamin , Kenneth Caiton


In practice, the neighborhood unit concept has fallen short of its theoretical promise. However, one of its major goals -- attempting to produce a more satisfying social life for the inhabitants of a residential area -- is still valid. To attain such a goal, it now appears to be more valid to attempt to assess the attitudes of people towards each other rather than to attempt to manipulate locations of facilities in order to attempt to develop more satisfying residential environments. One relationship that appears to have relevance for attaining such a goal is that of the neighbor. If it were possible to assess an individual's attitudes towards his neighbors, it would be possible to use such information as one input in the design of future residential developments. By attempting to assess an individual's concept of the ideal role of neighbor, planning would be taken one step away from corrective action based upon behavior observable in an existing environment, towards assessment of attitudes towards residential environments that may provide a more sound basis upon which to predicate changes to produce more satisfying residential environments. T his thesis attempts only to develop a tool by which it may be possible to elicit an individual's concept of the ideal role of neighbor. The construction of the tool follows directly from the theory of what a neighbor is and how a neighbor acts. Testing of the tool is limited to attempting to discover problems of administration .

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