2017 Volume 73 Issue 5 Pages I_433-I_443
Many local governments nationwide attempt to develop a comprehensive management plan for public facilities due to the aging of these facilities and increase in expenses for maintaining and renovating them. One of the key issues for the integration and abolition of public facilities is whether the government can gain the acceptance of local residents. The purpose of this study was to survey residents' attitudes towards the integration and abolition of public facilities in their communities and examine psychological factors influencing their acceptance for such a management plan. The results showed that those who disagree with the abolition of public facilities in any conditions tend to recognize relevant issues related to public facility management, trust the government, and have strong place attachment and sense of belonging to their communities. Implications of the results for promoting public acceptance and consensus around a management plan for public facilities were discussed.