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.
|Commitee:||Ban, Hyowon, Curtis, James R.|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 51/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Geography, Geographic information science|
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