Community Response to Environmental Change: A Case Study of Montreal's West Island 1981-1991

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Title
Community Response to Environmental Change: A Case Study of Montreal's West Island 1981-1991
Abstract
Between 1973 and 1988, 11,376 single family dwellings were built in Montreal's predominantly Anglophone 'West Island'. A geographic information system (GIS) analysis shows 40 percent of vacant land was developed between 1983 and 1989, over half this was for low density housing. The author's examination of citizens' perceptions of the changes between 1981 and 1991 shows 72 percent of residents felt local environmental conditions were the same or better than when they first moved to the area (average 14 years) and 71 percent felt the quality of the community was the same or better. The condition of wooded areas was the largest determinant of perception of local environmental conditions and "friendliness" was most closely related to evaluations of community quality. The author concludes that a history of environmental activism describes a sector of the population as having crossed a "threshold of tolerance" and taken action to protect valued natural assets of the community.
Type
Master's thesis
University
McGill University
Place
Montreal
Date
1992
Language
en
URL
Citation
Adams, Jennifer. “Community Response to Environmental Change: A Case Study of Montreal’s West Island 1981-1991.” Master’s thesis, McGill University, 1992. http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/obj/thesescanada/vol2/QMM/TC-QMM-69612.pdf.
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