Leisure Time Problems and Livability
Final rept. 1 Jul 1978-30 Jun 1979
IDAHO UNIV MOSCOW DEPT OF GEOGRAPHY
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The Air Force also has a long record of concern with certain aspects of livability in regard to work, housing and leisure time. These are reflected in regulations, guidelines, facilities and services provided, the use of advisory councils, recognition programs, subsidized educational opportunities and feedback mechanisms to insure progress in this direction. The term livability is still popularly perceived as a subjective, highly personalized value system somewhat identified with quality of life. For some it implies a rationale of more benefits for us but not necessarily for others or as a convenient buzz word to be used to help achieve current or future gains in terms of more leisure time options, better housing, less work and fewer responsibilities. Selective changes in orientation, policy and operations can improve livability but changes should be carefully examined in advance to note their short and long impact on efficiency productivity, readiness and mission effectiveness. Once mainly the concern of philosophers, livability and the quality of life are now studied by ecologists, social scientists, perception and behavior specialists. The varied findings reflect each approach and also indicate diverse social, cultural, environmental and urban viewpoints.
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