Date of Award

6-2010

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Department

Geography

First Advisor

Dr. Benjamin Ofori-Amoah

Second Advisor

Dr. Jordan Yin

Third Advisor

Dr. David Lemberg

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Campus Only

Abstract

This research focuses on creating a framework for geographically targeting investments for revitalization at a neighborhood level. It is often too costly to reha bilitate an entire neighborhood while scattered revitali zation efforts are ineffective. While geographic target ing has been successfully implemented at the city level, it has yet to be used at the neighborhood level. The purpose of this thesis is to determine whether neighbor hoods can use the same principles that cities use to geo graphically target resources for revitalization efforts.

The Vine Neighborhood in Kalamazoo, Michigan was used as a case study to create a framework for neighbor hood stabilization. Neighborhood indicators were weighted and then mapped to determine the instability of the neighborhood. Recommendations are given to promote stabilization in the Vine Neighborhood.

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