Authors

Nathan Stueve

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Completion Date

6-1-2010

Advisor

Matthew Kelly

Abstract/Description

Introduction:Youth poses a perspective of their communities that is unique, but not always acknowledged. The goal of this project was to examine how teenage residents in suburban Puyallup, WA perceive their surroundings. Some theoretical assumptions exist in background literature on this issue. Firstly, planners often design communities to prevent youth from engaging in deconstructive activities, not to allow them to engage in constructive activities. As a result, communities are often designed with fewer youth-oriented assets and venues. Fewer youth-oriented places to travel to will cause teens to be less physically active. In addition, youth perceptions of access to these places will determine whether or not they utilize them. Also, according to background literature, youth place special value on public spaces (mainly parks) and the presence of natural elements in a community.

Youth Perspectives on Community Assets and Geography in Puyallup, WA

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