Urbani izziv Volume 27, No. 1, June 2016
Dicle University, Faculty of Architecture, Department of Architecture, Diyarbakır, Turkey
Dicle University, Institute of Science, Diyarbakır, Turkey
Are gated communities indispensable for residents?
Gated communities (GCs) – that is, residential areas with restricted access – have recently become widespread around the world. This study focuses on two GCs in Diyarbakır, one of the largest cities of southeast Turkey. The purpose of the study was to determine the satisfaction levels and preferences of residents of these communities. The findings, which revealed high resident satisfaction levels, show that residents chose to live in these communities mainly because of safety and prestige. The results of the study also indicate that long-term residents of GCs have a fear of living outside this kind of arrangement, which is reflected in a fear of moving.
gated community, safe area, resident preferences, resident satisfaction levels, security, fear of crime