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Citation

Hahm Y, Yoon H, Choi Y. Cities 2019; 89: 1-13.

Copyright

(Copyright © 2019, Elsevier Publishing)

DOI

10.1016/j.cities.2019.01.020

PMID

unavailable

Abstract

With this research, we aim to identify built environmental components of retail districts that affect pedestrian behaviors and influence their shopping behavior. We conducted GPS experiments to observe visitors' choice of walking route--pedestrian volume and visit duration--and the questionnaire survey to obtain their records of shopping on where and how much they spent in the Sinchon retail district of Seoul, South Korea. We then employed a path analysis to assess the causal relationship between the built environment, walking behavior, and shopping behavior. We found that pedestrians prefer streets with safety from vehicles, high design quality; higher hierarchy, centrality, and provision of resting places or other street amenities; and that all of these variables also increase pedestrian's visit duration and induce spending at stores on the street. This study would provide design guidelines to municipalities or private retailers looking to revitalize retail districts through environmental improvements.


Language: en

Keywords

Built environment; Global Positioning System (GPS); Path analysis; Retail district; Shopping behavior; Walking behavior

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