Examining the role of urban street design in enhancing community engagement: A literature review

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Abstract

Streets are an integral part of the built environment with the capacity to promote community engagement, as one aspect of health and well-being. However, there have been few attempts to synthesize published studies and interventions to gain a broader understanding of what street design features hinder or facilitate community engagement. Data was extracted from 30 eligible articles into 16 key topic areas or themes. The most frequent topic areas were ‘Aesthetics and Upkeep’ (18), ‘Access to Resources/Facilities’ (15), ‘Security and Safety’ (15), and ‘Walkability’ (14). This review advances our understanding of how streets can be designed to enhance community engagement.

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