Social interactions in urban public places

Holland, Caroline; Clark, Andrew; Katz, Jeanne and Peace, Sheila (2007). Social interactions in urban public places. Public Spaces. Bristol, UK: Policy Press.

URL: http://www.jrf.org.uk/bookshop/eBooks/2017-interac...

Abstract

Public spaces allow people to meet on ostensibly neutral ground, within the context of the whole community. This report draws on a unique study of nine public spaces within one English town viewed across a whole year, carried out by a large team of local observers working alongside academics. The report:
- describes the use of green, commercial and civic spaces, and local neighbourhoods;
-investigates interactivity within and between people of different age groups;
-highlights self-regulation as an essential element of the management of public spaces;
-considers the role of reputation in the perception of particular places;
-discusses public involvement in regeneration and the democratising of public places.

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