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Arboriculture & Urban Forestry Online
Volume 15, Issue 1 — January 1989

Planting in Parking Lots to Improve Perceived Attractiveness and Security    (View PDF)

L.M. Anderson and Garnett S. Stokes

Abstract: This paper describes the effects of vegetation on public perceptions of the attractiveness and security of commercial and residential parking lots. Attractiveness was generally increased by the total amount of vegetation. The sense of security was enhanced by plantings only when the vegetation was well maintained or incorporated in a distinct landscape design. Visibility of building entrances was especially important for security, calling for careful landscape design so that plantings do not obstruct the view of access routes to and from structures. Proper maintenance of structure and grounds enhances both attractiveness and perceived security.


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