|Ola Omenås, Ronny Klæboe, Marika Kolbenstvedt
In 1994 a study of the Ekeberg/Gamle Oslo town area was undertaken in order to ascertain the dif-ferent impacts of a new road system with its tunnels on neighbourhood quality - also con-taining a pilot study of the visual qualities of people’s residential streets and the streets in their neighbourhood. A fifth of the 1078 persons interviewed mention visual aspects spontaneously as a neighbourhood quality. When asked what they associate with a beautiful and an ugly street, people have clear opinions. 80 per cent mentioned vegetation/trees/lawns as something they associate with a beautiful street. Lack of road maintenance, derelict buildings and heavy traffic are associated with ugly streets. An independent survey utilising people’s own categories to characterise different streets, show that the categories give a good picture of their qualities and match people’s own beauty scores.