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WHAT ABOUT THE SOUL OF THE CITY? APPLYING A RESIDENT PERSPECTIVE IN FOUR SWEDISH CITIES

Marie H. Wahlström ()
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Marie H. Wahlström: Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden

Romanian Journal of Regional Science, 2017, vol. 11, issue 1, 36-61

Abstract: This paper contributes to existing literature by developing a quantitative method for analyzing the city soul – a concept here used to study cities’ distinguishing features. The method is based in theory and tested by means of a survey, in which ~2,500 households in Sweden answered questions about their city. Results from e.g. regression analysis indicate significant relationships between the perceived strength of a city’s soul and the residents’ relation to their city as well as their perceptions of its characteristics. Particularly, the city soul seems to be linked to feelings of pride, attachment and belonging and to city characteristics related to art, beauty and stories about the cities.

Keywords: place identity; urban amenities; city perceptions; residential satisfaction. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: R23 R59 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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