The advantage of 'near': Which accessibilities matter to whom?
2011 (English)In: European Journal of Transport and Infrastructure Research, ISSN 1567-7141, Vol. 11, no 4, 368-388 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
This paper explores people’s preferences for living close to destinations such as work, service, leisure and social activities, satisfaction with the proximities offered by their residential location, as well as more general residential satisfaction. The paper draws on the literature on accessibility, residential choice and residential preferences, and is empirically based on a survey targeted at individuals aged 20-64 in the Swedish population. The results suggest that ‘proximity preferences’ are structured by both practical and social rationales. Preferences also differ to varying degrees between groups with respect to gender, age and type of residential environment. Self-reported distances are short for virtually all destina-tions except those relating to social relations. People’s satisfaction with their residential location relative to their everyday life accessibility needs is also explored in regression analyses. The findings imply that residential location satisfaction is related to type of resi-dential environment, dwelling type/tenure, whether the respondents had considered mov-ing to increase the proximity to certain destinations, and their level of satisfaction with the distances from home to various destinations.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011. Vol. 11, no 4, 368-388 p.
Proximity, accessibility, mobility, residential preferences, residential satisfaction
Research subject Social and Economic Geography
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-45976OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-45976DiVA: diva2:436726