Using quality indicators to assess urban regeneration in residential areas

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Urban regeneration programs play a dominant role in improving declined areas and inject new life into cities, neighborhoods and urban centers. They can be long term and costly projects and therefore evaluating them is a key issue for both urban policy makers and academic scholars. Although urban regeneration efforts have many similarities, they differ significantly in terms of their outcomes and the level of success across neighborhoods and regions. Detecting a successful regeneration depends on the set of factors such as the development potential of the location, the socio- economic context of the area and the commitment of all involved actors and authorities. Hence, to measure the success of such a complicated process it is necessary to consider all these factors and also the consequences of the implementation on residents' life. In this article, the chief argument is to explore the main approaches in evaluating urban regeneration programs and then to propose a model to assess the implemented interventions in residential areas. The model contains a method, which quantifies different aspects of a regeneration program through sets of measurable indicators. It also addresses a survey from the residents, asking them to compare and evaluate their quality of life before and after the regeneration. In this method, measurable indicators are translated into survey questions and connected to physical aspects of the environment
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