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Effects of Commercial Activities by Type on Social Bonding and Place Attachment in Neighborhoods

Version 1 : Received: 20 March 2018 / Approved: 20 March 2018 / Online: 20 March 2018 (11:08:30 CET)

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Kim, B.; Park, J. Effects of Commercial Activities by Type on Social Bonding and Place Attachment in Neighborhoods. Sustainability 2018, 10, 1771. Kim, B.; Park, J. Effects of Commercial Activities by Type on Social Bonding and Place Attachment in Neighborhoods. Sustainability 2018, 10, 1771.

Journal reference: Sustainability 2018, 10, 1771
DOI: 10.3390/su10061771

Abstract

Place attachment is an emotion that people experience in connection to a specific place and it is needed to maintain sustainable neighborhood community. The emotion is affected by various factors, such as experience, function, environment, and satisfaction. This study focuses on commercial structures, which are one feature that characterize the physical environments of neighborhoods. The aim of this study is to determine the effects of commercial activities in different commercial environments on social bonding and place attachment in residents. Two sites were selected for analysis due to their different commercial environments, and path analysis was used to examine the relationships among factors. The results indicate that the type of commercial environment had effects on commercial activities, including shopping frequency, and that commercial activities affected social bonding and place attachment in residents. Also, commercial activities had indirect effects on place attachment through social bonding between residents. These results suggest that the commercial environment is an important element affecting the community and place attachment of residents in neighborhoods.

Subject Areas

place attachment; commercial type; commercial activities; social bonding, physical activities

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