Place attachment among retirees in Greensburg, Kansas

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Show simple item record Smith, Jeffrey S. Cartlidge, Matthew R. 2012-11-13T16:04:07Z 2012-11-13T16:04:07Z 2012-11-13
dc.description.abstract On May 4, 2007, an EF-5 tornado passed through Greensburg leveling 95 percent of the town. Because city leaders encouraged everyone to use “green” building techniques as they rebuilt their homes and businesses, not only has the return to normalcy been exceedingly slow, but some of the town’s older residents feel that officials overlooked their needs. These minor episodes of discord enabled us to learn what features are most important to people in their retirement-age. They include: identifiable landmarks, a space to socialize, and age-specific businesses. We assert that the lessons learned in Greensburg are applicable to other communities with a sizeable older-aged population. As baby boomers rapidly enter retirement they will seek places to live that are elderly-friendly and enable them to effectively bond with place. As previous research attests, people who have a strong attachment to place commonly lead a good quality-of-life. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.relation.uri en_US
dc.rights Permission to archive granted by Geographical Review, November 2, 2012. en_US
dc.subject Attachment to place en_US
dc.subject Baby boomers en_US
dc.subject Greensburg, Kansas en_US
dc.subject Retirees en_US
dc.title Place attachment among retirees in Greensburg, Kansas en_US
dc.type Article (author version) en_US 2011 en_US
dc.citation.doi doi:10.1111/j.1931-0846.2011.00116.x en_US
dc.citation.epage 555 en_US
dc.citation.issue 4 en_US
dc.citation.jtitle Geographical Review en_US
dc.citation.spage 536 en_US
dc.citation.volume 101 en_US
dc.contributor.authoreid jssmith7 en_US

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