Professor’s research has far-reaching implications for urban planning
October 20, 2009
Associate Professor of Sociology Bruce Podobnik’s study of four urban and suburban Portland neighborhoods revealed that density fosters a friendlier and healthier community. With the help of a team of students, Podobnik conducted door-to-door surveys of residents in four communities on issues such as friendliness, group activity, physical activity, and use of mass transit. The research revealed that the new urban design of Orenco Station, a suburb west of Portland, promotes walking and encourages stronger social connections. The study also found that, though Orenco Station residents have easy access to mass transit, the majority of people still drive themselves to work. The findings have far-reaching implications for urban planning.