Published: 20th Mar 2019

Cities that have a good balance between green spaces, housing and amenities have lower levels of socio-economic inequality in the life satisfaction of its residents, according to new research. The study, which was led by researchers from the University of Glasgow, was the first of its kind to consider how urban landscape affects inequalities in life satisfaction, and not just life satisfaction itself. The study looked at the city environment of 66 cities across Europe, including how much green space the city had, how much of the city was tarmacked and how much dense housing there was. Cities with an even distribution of facilities, housing and green space were linked with lower levels of inequality between residents’ life satisfaction levels, suggesting that more equal access to a range of facilities and types of land may help reduce the gap in life satisfaction between the most economically-deprived and most affluent residents … (To read the full article, subscribe below)