Effects of urban regeneration on children’s place use and preferences: The Istanbul case

Although much has been written on the social, economic and physical outcomes of urban regeneration, a review of the literature shows that there are few examples of empirical research focusing on the effects of neighborhood regeneration on the place experiences of children, a group that is highly dependent on public spaces but is often excluded from them. Some exceptions include O’Brien’s (2003) study, which compares place preferences of children in different neighborhoods in London, UK; Elsley’s (2004) study, which explores children’s experiences of public space in a disadvantaged and redeveloping neighborhood in Edinburgh, Scotland; and Sancar and Severcan’s (2010) study, which focuses on the effects of tourism-based developments on children’s place preferences in the Bodrum peninsula in southwest Turkey. In this paper, I will focus on the effects of urban regeneration on the place use and preferences of 9- to 11-year-old children in six low-income neighborhoods of Istanbul. In the past, while some of these neighborhoods had managed to preserve their historic character, others changed more or less drastically. Data on places used and preferred by children are obtained using photo-voice technique. The findings have important implications for policy-makers, planners and urban designers, who strive to create healthy and sustainable communities.


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Y. C. Severcan, “Effects of urban regeneration on children’s place use and preferences: The Istanbul case,” 2014, Accessed: 00, 2021. [Online]. Available: https://cdn.ymaws.com/www.acsp.org/resource/collection/343F061D-62FA-4062-946B-A00C76D78317/2014BookofAcceptedAbstracts.pdf.