body bg


Role of natural and cultural features in defining rural character in south central Michigan

  • Year: 2008
  • Author: Pynnonen-Valdez, Dori M.
  • Journal Name: ProQuest Dissertations and Theses
  • Publisher: Michigan State University
  • Published Location: United States -- Michigan
  • ISBN: 9780549607373
  • Country: United States
  • State/Region: Michigan

The problem of incompatible land use decisions has been surfacing in multiple regions as many families have recently migrated from city and suburbs to rural areas. Residents have repeatedly voiced a desire to protect "rural character," yet there have been few systematic attempts to have residents describe exactly what rural character means to them.

The purpose of this study was to discover the salient features that residents' use to describe rural character so that policyrelevant criteria can be developed at the local level to protect the qualities of rural landscapes that are important to people. This thesis examined areas that will soon face development challenges.

Twelve roving focus groups were conducted in six rural areas in south central Michigan. Focus group data revealed the natural and cultural features that residents use to describe rural character, including trees and forests, wildlife, fields, farm features, wetlands and certain types of housing. Participants also discussed salient features that detract from rural character, including housing type and characteristics. Some features could be considered rural if certain conditions were met, for example, subdivisions hidden by vegetation. The data are specific enough to be used as a planning tool at the local level.

Related Items

Improving the accessibility of health services in urban and regional settings for Indigenous people

Even though a wide range of health services exist in most urban and regional centres, they are not...

Medical workforce 2012

The supply of employed medical practitioners in Australia increased from 323.2 to 355.6 full-time...

Country Matters - Social Atlas of Rural and Regional Australia

Describes the patterns of social and economic change of people and communities in non metropolitan...

Share this with your friends

Footer Logo

Contact Us

Level 2, 53 Blackall Street
Barton ACT 2600
Telephone: 02 6260 3733
or email us