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Urban Studies Research
Volume 2015 (2015), Article ID 137027, 13 pages
Research Article

Cities, the Urban Green Environment, and Individual Subjective Well-Being: The Case of Milan, Italy

1Faculty of Arts, Markets, and Heritage, IULM University, Via Carlo Bo, No. 1, 20143 Milan, Italy
2Department of Sociology and Economic Law, Bologna University, Via San Giacomo 3, 40126 Bologna, Italy
3Bracco Foundation, Via Cino del Duca, No. 8, 20122 Milano, Italy

Received 2 March 2015; Revised 2 May 2015; Accepted 29 June 2015

Academic Editor: Leiwen Jiang

Copyright © 2015 Giorgio Tavano Blessi et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


This paper evaluates the independent effect of the spatial proximity of green urban areas upon the individual subjective well-being of the Milan population (Italy). The methodology is based on a survey undertaken in 2010 using a sample of 1,000 of Milan citizens. Univariate and multivariate analyses and GIS localization have been employed in order to rank the major individual well-being determinants and the relationship between citizens and urban green areas. Results show that the residential proximity of citizens to urban green areas seems to have little bearing on individual subjective well-being.