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Evaluating the satisfaction rate for affordable housing in non-gated residential area (NGR): the case of Al-Sharq housing project in Zarqa-Jordan

Rami Khaled Al Shawabkeh, Ahmad M. Alzouby, Abdelmajeed Rjoub, Mays Alsmadi, Maram AlKhamaiseh, Deema Shboul, Ahmad Smadi, Ahmad Al-Bzour, Rawan Al-Omari and Esraa Alobaidat

International Journal of Housing Markets and Analysis, 2020, vol. 14, issue 1, 192-217

Abstract: Purpose - Non-gated residential communities (NGR) are now becoming significant in Jordan resulting in an increase in low and medium-income areas. This study aims to investigate the sense of community at residential level within NGR by testing the characteristics presented in the first and largest non-gated community in Jordan (Al-Sharq project). Design/methodology/approach - Such characteristics were identified via literary reviews and visual data collected through site visits, observation and photographs of the project's physical settings. This formed the basis of a questionnaire/survey that was distributed to the residents. This research depends on the mixed-method approach (qualitative and quantitative) to achieve the research objectives. The quantitative method involved the use of a questionnaire/survey, while the qualitative method undertook a comparative process using some statistical methods for the main characteristics. The results were analysed by using descriptive statistics, comprising frequency and factor analyses. Findings - The study concludes with a framework consisting of suggestions and recommendations to remove the main constraints on improving the quality of life for the non-gated residential community. Practical implications - The outcome of this study will influence the decisions made by the parties involved in urban development in Jordan when designing residential neighborhoods. Originality/value - The significance of this paper is that while the majority of studies have been on the evaluation of gated communities in developing countries, there have only been a limited of studies specifically examining the experience of residents in those environments. Therefore, this paper contributes and adds to the existing knowledge in the development of non-gated communities in a developing country.

Keywords: Community satisfaction; Al-Sharq housing project; Non-gated residential area (NGR); Social; Environmental and physical characteristics; Residential sector; Middle-income country (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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