As we know from the contemporary Robert Marans’ (2002) model of neighborhood satisfaction, the quality of the particular urban space is ‘in the eyes of beholders’ rather than merely in bricks and stones. The quality of urban life as well as quality of urban environments depends not only on the real, objective characteristics of these environments but - equally - on the subjective reflected reality.

One of the most inspiring and complete tool to measure is the PREQ – a multidimensional index developed by Fornara, Bonaiuto and Bonnes (2003, 2010). We are adopting the shortest version of this tool (Fornara et. al., 2010) to Polish language and Polish cultural conditions. First, we made a qualitative pilot study with 90 participants from various Polish towns in order to build up the semantic and conceptual universe appropriate for studying perceived environment quality across Poland. Then we wrote the PREQ questionnaire in Polish but structurally and ideationally parallel to the original one (in English); a sample of 167 Poles was used to verify the hypothetical factorial structure and reliability of the tool. Finally, we did the CFA and reliability tests to validate the tool for use in Poland.