Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Parkways as found paradise: A GIS analysis of the form and accessibility of green spaces in Orange County, California
by Boles, Ian R., M.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2012, 115; 1522206
Abstract (Summary)

The study uses GIS to analyze green space access in Southern California, and examines a rare morphological linear-form of parks. The study provides, first, needed historical context and surveys linear park development in the past. Shifting from the global to the local scale, it then focuses on a 1930 proposal that sought to preserve still-existing natural green spaces in the greater Los Angeles area; its major component was a system of linear parks.

While scholars have documented that white, middle-class families in Los Angeles tend to have more access to parks than non-white, low-income residents, this study considers whether the same principle applies to the study area in Orange County. In so doing, it uses GIS to investigate spatial relationships between socio-economic indicators and park space access. Secondly, the study explores the role of park morphology; specifically, the potential for an alternative green space in Orange County to exist along the linear Pacific Electric Railway right-of-way, thus creating an alternative to the status quo of green space-access inequality.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Sidorov, Dmitrii
Commitee: Ban, Hyowon, Curtis, James R.
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Geography
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 51/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Geography, Geographic information science
Publication Number: 1522206
ISBN: 978-1-267-97692-5
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