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What affects perceptions of neighbourhood change?

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Residents of Halifax do not perceive economic or social and cultural changes in their neighbourhoods; however, they do perceive those to the built environment. When residents of Halifax perceive changes in their neighbourhoods, they tend to be positive about them. Tabular and regression analysis show that sense of belonging increases positive perceptions of neighbourhood change and older age decreases positive views of change. Common stereotypes portray Atlantic Canadians as resistant to change. Our survey of Halifax residents challenges that view by assessing openness to three broad measures of neighbourhood change. Although most Haligonians do not perceive changes in their neighbourhoods, those who do generally perceive them for the better. Data show that sense of belonging to neighbourhoods and respondent age have a positive effect on perceptions of change. As Halifax neighbourhoods are transforming physically, economically, and socially, few Haligonians see that as problematic. Les Canadiens de la région atlantique sont stéréotypés comme étant réfractaires au changement. Une enquête menée auprès des résidents de Halifax remet en question ce stéréotype en mesurant leur degré d'ouverture à trois types de changement au niveau du quartier. Si la plupart des répondants ne perçoivent pas de changements au niveau de leur quartier, ceux qui en perçoivent trouvent que ces changements améliorent les choses. Les données démontrent que le sentiment d'appartenance au quartier et l'âge des répondants ont un effet positif sur la perception du changement. Alors que les quartiers de Halifax sont en mutation sur les plans physique, économique et social, peu de Haligoniens y voient un problème.
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Keywords: Atlantic Canada; Canada atlantique; Halifax; changements au niveau du quartier; neighbourhood change; perceptions

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: December 1, 2016

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