About the Project
The research objectives are to build and explore measures of accessibility, isolate the role of income, race, age and gender in conditioning accessibility, quantify pedestrian activity, and examine potential associations with physical activity and obesity theoretically integrated under complex systems, urban design, and social structures. The general hypothesis is that:
The team will gather data from six two-mile square neighborhoods in the Detroit Region. Surveys, approved through the IRB process and tested in a Lansing pilot study, will be mailed to 1600 households in the two inner-city Detroit neighborhoods and 800 households in four suburban Detroit neighborhoods. This will enable the research team to focus on urban form, travel behavior, physical activity, and obesity within the context of diverse socioeconomic conditions and race/ethnic populations. View Detroit sites where data collection takes place.
Specific objectives involve:
Statistical methods of relevance include dummy variable and polynomial regression, location-allocation models, discriminant analysis, and multinomial logit models. A dynamic spatial simulation-modeling environment will be employed to characterize, link, and model structural determinants, feedback systems, thresholds, and individual, household, and community behaviors.
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This research is supported by National Science Foundation Grant SES 0624263.