Social Capital and the “Sidewalk Ballet”: Examining How Streetscape Development Can Influence a Neighborhood’S Social Capital
Designing a neighborhood’s streetscape to be walkable is recognized as a successful way to encourage positive changes such as economic development, neighborhood stability, and increased social capital. My research focuses on how a walkable streetscape can influence a neighborhood's level of bridging social capital through the formation of weak social ties. I take Springwells — a Detroit neighborhood whose main street has recently received substantial streetscape improvements— as a case study. Applying criteria specific to bridging social capital (informal socialization and generalized trust) and the four criteria to measure walkability, I analyze the theoretical and actual results that an increase in walkability can have on a neighborhood’s social capital. This process brought to light the tangling of several stronger social capital determinants, which worked against the formation of bridging social capital. In sum, this thesis hopes to add to the existing research on walkability and social capital and help to reveal the gaps that exist between theory and practice in neighborhood design and community development.
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