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Table 3 Comparative assessment of social sustainability indicators in the redeveloped scenario of Al Barsha North 2 neighborhood vs. its status quo

From: Assessing the effect of urban form on social sustainability: a proposed ‘Integrated Measuring Tools Method’ for urban neighborhoods in Dubai

  Principles Indicators Status Quo Redeveloped Scheme
1 Density Population Density (40 to 50 pph) and Urban compactness (Floor Area Ratio) 2.5 10.0
2 Accessibility Walkability (Services and facilities located within walkable and bikeable `s through well-defined pathways/cycling lanes) 2.5 10
Bikeability 2.5 10
Services accessible for everyone (Equity) 5.0 10.0
3 Mobility Walkability (A safe, connected and well-designed pedestrian and cycling infrastructure) 2.5 10.0
Bikeability 0 10.0
Availability of accessible and cost-effective “Public Transport” 2.5 5.0
Restrained car traffic (prioritization of non-privatized modes of movement) 0 10.0
Decentralized provision of services 5.0 10.0
Transit Oriented Development 2.5 7.5
4 Integration Spatial connectivity with adjacent neighborhoods. 5.0 10
Spatial connectivity of the neighborhood’s street network 2.5 2.5
Mutual supporting role among the neighborhood and its surrounding neighborhoods in terms of provided amenities and services) 2.5 2.5
5 Choice & diversity Diverse range of high-quality services, housing types, non-car-based jobs, open spaces, and modes of mobility 2.5 10.0
6 Mixed-use Mixed land-use of the neighborhood plan 2.5 10.0
Availability of quality open spaces that can accommodate various social and commercial activities 7.5 10.0
Ability to undertake multi-purpose trips 2.5 10.0
7 Environmental quality Physical, psychological, thermal, and visual comfort 5.0 10.0
8 Safety Avoiding urban sprawl 2.5 7.5
Calmed road traffic 2.5 10.0
Streets safe for everyone, not just cars 2.5 10.0
Dedicated pathways for pedestrians 2.5 10.0
Safe and integrated network for cyclists 0 10.0
Safe access to high-quality public transport nodes 2.5 5.0
9 Security Cul-de-sacs avoided 5.0 10.0
Community surveillance 2.5 7.5
Dwelling units occupied mostly by owners 7.5 7.5
Rent/property price (social stratum) 7.5 7.5
10 Social capital Available social gathering nodes (regular occurrence of social interactions leading to social networks) 2.5 7.5
Encouraged people encountering (through walking) 2.5 10.0
Distinctive urban design and high-quality services and facilities (increase sense of belonging) 2.5 10.0
Community participation (increases trust) 0 7.5
Total average 3.05 8.67