Rethinking the distribution of urban green spaces in Mexico City: Lessons from the COVID-19 outbreak

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    The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed inequalities that are expected to widen if no action is taken to support the most marginalized populations. One such inequality is the distribution of urban green spaces (UGS), which are essential to pandemic recovery. Cities that aim to be inclusive and resilient should assess whether access to their UGS is equitably distributed among the population and identify the areas where these spaces are most needed. This study therefore examines the equity of access to UGS in Mexico City at the neighborhood level using network analysis. First, access to UGS was identified at a threshold of 300 m, regardless of UGS size. Second, access was differentiated by the functional level of the UGS, which primarily depends on their size, with larger UGS having more extensive catchment areas. The results of this study suggest a deficit of access to small green spaces in most of the neighborhoods of Mexico City, with the neighborhoods with higher rates of poverty showing an even lower average of UGS access. The results further highlight which neighborhoods in Mexico City should receive priority attention and funding for UGS to mitigate the disproportionate effects of public health crises. This is critical for future city planning and may be used as a roadmap for identifying priority neighborhoods in other cities with similar segregation patterns.
    Original languageEnglish
    Article number127525
    Pages (from-to)1-13
    Number of pages13
    JournalUrban Forestry and Urban Greening
    Early online date24 Feb 2022
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2022

    Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

    • urban green spaces
    • UGS
    • network analysis
    • GIS
    • functional levels
    • parks


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