High streets, ageing and well-being

Luca Brunelli, Harry Smith, Ryan Woolrych

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Despite their perceived decline, local high streets in the UK remain valuable central and well-connected places that can foster ageing in place, yet their potential to sustain well-being in old age has been overlooked. Using qualitative methods, the paper explores what features of local high streets support older people’s well-being in three local town centres in Edinburgh, Scotland. The findings show there are three main domains of local high streets’ public realm that enable older adults’ well-being, namely the streetscape, the spatial organization and accessibility of amenities and services, and the provision of housing that can foster town centre living.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-31
Number of pages31
JournalJournal of Urban Design
Early online date18 Jan 2024
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 18 Jan 2024


  • High streets
  • public realm
  • ageing
  • older people
  • well-being
  • health


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