AN ANALYSIS OF RESIDENTIAL PREFERENCE IN A TRADITIONAL AFRICAN CITY: A CASE STUDY OF ILESA, OSUN STATE NIGERIA

Adedokun Olutoyin Moses, Francis Tambiyi

Abstract


This work examines residential and environment preference in Ilesha. This preference is based on housing quality in context of type, facilities and amenities as well as the quality of residential environment especially as the two meet the desire and satisfaction of the respondents. It also examines how this issue of satisfaction forms the basis for residential preference in the study area. Furthermore, the study examines the relationship between housing quality and residential preference using the Spearman’s rank correlation and “t” student distribution to test the significance of the result. Using the regression analysis, the influence of housing quality, accessibility, familiarity, safety, availability of facilities and nature of residential neighbourhood were determined on perception of residential environment. Also using the regression equation, the influence of socio-economic variables were determined on residential preference. Lastly, the study identifies how people perceive and rate their environment. The findings arrived are; (a) majority of the respondents are satisfied with their present houses and residential environment. (b) There is a strong positive correlation between housing quality and residential preference. (c) Perception of neighbourhood is largely determined by safety, availability of facilities, quality of residential environment. (d) Residential preference is not determined solely by socio-economic variables (e) the study has both theoretical and practical implications. The theoretical implication rests on the need for the development of sense of place of study while the practical implication exposes the need for preference studies before planning housing and residential areas. Finally, there is the need for involvement of housing and environment consumers in issues relating to housing policy and environmental planning so as to achieve optimality in planning.

Keywords:Housing quality, residential environment,Residential preference, traditional African city      


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Housing quality, residential environment,Residential preference, traditional African city l preference

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