This research was funded in part by the National Institute for Transportation and Communities (NITC), a program of the Transportation Research and Education Center at Portland State University and a U.S. Department of Transportation University Transportation Center. This research also received funding from the Department of Land Conservation and Development to create the parcel database.
Quality of life, City planning -- Oregon, Local transit -- Oregon
What is livability? How does the built environment influence resident perceptions of livability? Although livability is a broadly used term and a key goal in land use and transportation plans at the state level, it is unclear whether residents think their neighborhoods are livable and what contributes to their perception of livability. The purpose of this project was to understand how Oregonians, in neighborhoods of varying densities and within Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs), perceive livability at the nexus of transportation and land use. We sought to understand how residents define and perceive livability in three different MPOs in the state: Albany, Central Lane, and Rogue Valley. We administered an innovative survey to 3,100 registered voters across the three MPOs. We relied on stratified sampling to obtain a representative sample across different density categories. Our survey instrument included questions about livability, satisfaction, housing choice, and preferred and current characteristics of the neighborhood and accessibility. Based on previous research we examined how individual socioeconomic status, objective neighborhood features, and subjective perceptions of land use and transportation impact perceptions of livability.
Lewis, Rebecca and Parker, Robert. The Contribution of Transportation and Land Use to Livability in Oregon MPOs. NITC-RR-1050. Portland, OR: Transportation Research and Education Center (TREC), 2018.