Staying in/Moving from Neighborhoods (05-13-19)

Van Assche and colleagues investigated why people move from one neighborhood to another, and their findings have broad implications for planning.  The researchers report that  “Previous research has shown that neighborhood (dis)satisfaction is an important determinant for individuals' moving intentions. Attempts by policy makers to boost neighborhood satisfaction, and hence reduce the exodus of people out of particular neighborhoods, have often involved physical interventions and development projects,  such as new parks or infrastructure.  . . . we consider this issue . . . [by] focusing on the role of positive neighborhood norms (e.g., strong local networks, mutual trust, and joint activities among neighbors) in boosting neighborhood satisfaction, and consequentially reducing inhabitants’ moving intentions. . . . [research conducted by the Van Assche-lead group] demonstrates that perceived positive norms in a neighborhood predicted lower moving intentions of its residents . . . through increased levels of neighborhood satisfaction.”

Jasper Van Assche, Tessa Haesesevoets, and Arne Roets. 2019.  “Local Norms and Moving Intentions:  The Mediating Role of Neighborhood Satisfaction.”  Journal of Environmental Psychology, vol. 63, pp. 19-25,