For the Love of Ballpark: The Experiences and Feelings in a Historical Neighborhood

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Title For the Love of Ballpark: The Experiences and Feelings in a Historical Neighborhood
Creator Jeanette Young
Subject Mental health; neighborhood; nature; photo-elicitation; built environment; urban planning; MACL
Description Human narratives are intertwined with the environments they inhabit. Building and designing environments has been part of human history for thousands of years. Over time, humans have become removed from nature, which has meant building places that are not considered beneficial for our mental health. Rates of mental health disorders have been steadily increasing. The urban built environment is a unique environment with many types of spaces. This study looks at an urban neighborhood in Salt Lake City, Utah and explores residents' experiences of living in the neighborhood. I then explore how those experiences correspond to emotions and feelings. The main findings for the participants' experiences are centrality, crime, social places, and neighborhood neglect. Correspondingly, the feelings attached to those experiences were belonging and urgency for civic engagement, empathy and stress, neighborly affinity, and anticipation and resilience. Lastly, I found that designed nature was the most important aspect for improving mental health and well-being. I assert that nature itself is not enough, it is the human alteration on nature that gives the most comfort.
Publisher Westminster College
Date 2019-05
Type Text; Image
Language eng
Rights Management Digital copyright 2019, Westminster College. All rights Reserved.
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Setname wc_ir
Date Created 2019-09-19
Date Modified 2019-09-19
ID 1460586
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