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Is a Walkable Place a Just Place? The Case of Ljubljana

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This paper discusses urban walkability and its relation to urban justice. Firstly the paper reviews the literature on walkability and the different aspects of urban justice embedded within it in terms of social, environmental, health, transportation and economic conditions. This review sets the scene for a case study of Ljubljana, capital of Slovenia. The case study shows how urban walkability was tackled by two distinctive urban planning approaches: socialist and contemporary neoliberal. It reveals how the walkability assets of the city have been (dis)encouraged and how this aff ected people's right to use the city. Special attention is given to the contemporary measures as they reflect the realities of a city traversing from a socialist to a capitalist model while more or less successfully retaining the ideals of a just city via investment in walkable public spaces. It points out sometimes controversial urban planning and design approaches aiming to improve urban walkability.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: June 1, 2017

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