I'm in the process of synthesizing some of the literature that is out there regarding the term/idea of "livability" and how it might relate to other terms such as quality of life, quality of place, sustainability, etc. The word livability is tossed around a lot these days and it is inherently subjective so besides delving into the academic quagmire I thought it would be interesting to get others opinions about:
1) What the word livability means or encompasses-or how definitions may differ, i.e. would someone living in a middle-class neighborhood have a drastically different definition of a livable community than some in a lower-income area? would there be some commonalities?
2) How useful it is to talk about the livability of a place, in particular as it relates to the planning and design field.
3) Some measures/indicators of livability.
thanks for your thoughts on this-they may help direct me in my research