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This study examines residents’ perceptions of objects that visitors could focus on in a historical district as the aspects of the local lives. Aspects elicited from visitors’ responses in a preceding study were rated by residents in terms of the extent to which each portrays the local lives and to which it depicts an intention to attract visitors. Cluster analysis of the ratings surfaced two types of aspects, which are touristic and non-touristic local lives, and analysis of variance illustrated that some touristic and non-touristic aspects were rated as so more clearly by residents in rigidly preserved areas. The results also imply some similarities between visitors’ and residents’ perceptions.

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Local lives in historical districts: residents’ perceptions of the objects of visitors’ gaze

This study examines residents’ perceptions of objects that visitors could focus on in a historical district as the aspects of the local lives. Aspects elicited from visitors’ responses in a preceding study were rated by residents in terms of the extent to which each portrays the local lives and to which it depicts an intention to attract visitors. Cluster analysis of the ratings surfaced two types of aspects, which are touristic and non-touristic local lives, and analysis of variance illustrated that some touristic and non-touristic aspects were rated as so more clearly by residents in rigidly preserved areas. The results also imply some similarities between visitors’ and residents’ perceptions.