Livable Commercial Streets And Its Impact On Social Life, A Case Of Ahmedabad
Hemangi Alpeshkumer Suthar, Shashikant kumar
Livable Commercial Streets, Social Life, Sustainable Urban Planning Approach, Community Engagement, Social Cohesion, Gukukul, Ahmedabad.
This abstract provides an overview of a case study conducted in Gukukul, a neighborhood in Ahmedabad, focusing on the concept of livable commercial streets and their influence on social life. Livable commercial streets are urban spaces that prioritize pedestrian-oriented design, fostering social interactions, and enhancing the overall quality of life for residents and visitors. This study explores the impact of the transformation of Gukukul's commercial streets into livable spaces on the social dynamics and community engagement. Through a mixed-methods approach, including surveys, interviews, and direct observations, data was collected to evaluate the effects of these changes on various aspects of social life. The findings highlight several positive outcomes associated with the implementation of livable commercial streets in Gukukul. Firstly, the pedestrian-oriented design improved walkability, promoting physical activity and healthier lifestyles among residents. Secondly, the availability of public spaces, seating areas, and greenery contributed to a sense of community, encouraging social interactions and fostering a stronger neighborhood bond. Moreover, the revitalized streetscapes attracted diverse businesses and cultural activities, creating opportunities for entrepreneurship, employment, and cultural expression. Furthermore, the study reveals that livable commercial streets positively impacted local businesses, resulting in increased foot traffic and economic growth. This, in turn, stimulated the local economy and enhanced the overall prosperity of the neighborhood. Additionally, residents reported higher levels of satisfaction with their community, feeling safer and more connected to their surroundings. Based on the findings, this study emphasizes the importance of incorporating livable commercial street designs in urban planning strategies. By creating vibrant and inclusive spaces, cities can promote social cohesion, improve residents' well-being, and boost economic vitality. Policymakers, urban planners, and community stakeholders can utilize the insights gained from this case study to inform future development projects aimed at creating livable and socially vibrant urban environments.
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Unique Paper ID: 161083

Publication Volume & Issue: Volume 10, Issue 2

Page(s): 565 - 578
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