Green Leisure: Resistance and Revitalization of Urban Neighborhoods
- Download PDF (1.0 MB)
- This publication is available only online.
Many cities have addressed urban population shrinkage by adopting strategies to re-purpose vacant lots in ways that leave them beautified and groomed. This study investigates leisure behavior resulting in beautified and groomed vacant lots that resist dominant discourses – referred to as green leisure. We applied a mixed-methods research design with property owners who purchased vacant lots through the Chicago Large Lot Program. Our focus group findings (n=25) indicated that participants framed their activities as resistance tied to (a) vacant lot beautification, (b) providing places to socialize, (c) efficacy, and (d) neighborhood transformation. Using survey data (n=197), results from a path model show that behavioral investment in greening – as measured by a Cues to Care Action Scale – is influenced by social normative beliefs, collective-efficacy, self-efficacy, and perception of gardening as leisure. Our findings lend support to policies that encourage resident-based private ownership of vacant land to revitalize urban neighborhoods.
KeywordsBeautification; collective efficacy; urban greening; urban leisure; vacant lots
Jeong, Wonjin; Stewart, William P.; Gobster, Paul H.; van Riper, Carena J. 2021. Green Leisure: Resistance and Revitalization of Urban Neighborhoods. Leisure Sciences. 21 p. https://doi.org/10.1080/01490400.2021.1889422.