Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Social life under cover: Tree canopy and neighborhood social connections
by Holtan, Meghan Taylor, M.S., State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, 2012, 116; 1534041
Abstract (Summary)

I investigated the relationship between tree canopy coverage and neighborhood social capital. I linked social survey data (n=361) from the Baltimore Ecosystem Study with socioeconomic, urban form, and green space data at the census block group level using a geographic information system. A bivariate correlation yielded a .241 Pearson's r, significant at the .01 level. Regression analyses showed that tree canopy added a small but significant increase in explanatory power (1.5%) to the model for neighborhood social capital. Additional analysis showed that the statistical relationship was stronger for respondents who perceived a greater problem with safety and security in their neighborhood. The results suggest a small positive but significant relationship between social capital and tree canopy. This research adds neighborhood tree canopy to the typologies of green space that affect human social connection. Trees are a relatively inexpensive and easy intervention to enhance neighborhood social fabric.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Dieterlen, Susan L.
Commitee: Bevilacqua, Eddie, Sullivan, William C.
School: State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry
Department: Environmental Science
School Location: United States -- New York
Source: MAI 51/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Urban Forestry, Sociology, Urban planning
Keywords: Crime, Green space, Neighborhood, Social capital, Tree canopy
Publication Number: 1534041
ISBN: 978-1-267-92782-8
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