Parks and People: An Environmental Justice Inquiry in Baltimore, Maryland

@article{Boone2009ParksAP,
  title={Parks and People: An Environmental Justice Inquiry in Baltimore, Maryland},
  author={Christopher G. Boone and Geoffrey L. Buckley and J. Morgan Grove and Chona Sister},
  journal={Annals of the Association of American Geographers},
  year={2009},
  volume={99},
  pages={767 - 787}
}
This article examines the distribution of parks in Baltimore, Maryland, as an environmental justice issue. In addition to established methods for measuring distribution of and access to parks, we employ a novel park service area approach that uses Thiessen polygons and dasymetric reapportioning of census data to measure potential park congestion as an equity outcome measure. We find that a higher proportion of African Americans have access to parks within walking distance, defined as 400 meters… Expand
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Test of the hypothesis that access to parks in New York City is not equitable across racial and ethnic categories revealed patterns that at first glance appear to contradict the notion of distributional inequities, which points to the need for reassessing what is meant by "access" to more thoroughly consider the aspects of parks that are most likely to contribute to physical activity and positive health outcomes. Expand
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