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Compact, walkable, diverse neighborhoods: Assessing effects on residents

Posted on: 21 October 2014
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This article from the journal “Housing Policy Debate” (Vo.24 Issue 4, 2014) argues that research supports the view that compact, walkable, diverse (CWD) neighborhoods are beneficial for urban residents.  The authors searched the literature to try to understand the current status of evidence regarding claims about the CWD neighborhood, and found that research linking CWD neighborhoods to effects on residents coalesces around three main topics: social relations, health, and safety. They conclude that on the basis of the literature reviewed, most of the intended benefits of the CWD neighborhood have been researched and found to have significant, positive effects for urban dwellers. While physical factors are but one element affecting behavior and outcomes, and the issues of self-selection and causality remain, overall, key dimensions of the CWD neighborhood have been found to positively affect social interaction, health, and safety.

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