Many studies explore environmental correlates of neighborhood satisfaction and provide insights for neighborhood enhancement. This article classifies such studies into ad hoc studies and theory-driven studies. Although ad hoc studies reveal various correlates of neighborhood satisfaction, some offer an incomplete and even biased understanding of neighborhood satisfaction because they have little systematic theoretical foundations. By contrast, theory-driven studies recognize the mechanisms through which neighborhood characteristics affect neighborhood satisfaction and hence provide more robust findings. Then, we review studies on improving neighborhood satisfaction of existing residents in planning practice. Finally, we offer several recommendations for future research.
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: This study was funded by the US National Science Foundation (SRN: #1444745), Chinese National Nature Science Foundation (No. 51678577), and the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities (15lgjc38).
- Kano model
- housing adjustment theory
- importance performance analysis
- place attachment
- quality of life