Exploring the Effects of Urban Sprawl on Low-Income Neighborhoods in Birmingham, AL

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dc.contributor Curtin, Kevin M
dc.contributor Holt, William G
dc.contributor Weber, Joe P
dc.contributor.advisor Appiah-Opoku, Seth
dc.contributor.author Blankenship, Jesslyn Cameron
dc.date.accessioned 2021-11-23T14:34:40Z
dc.date.available 2021-11-23T14:34:40Z
dc.date.issued 2021
dc.identifier.other http://purl.lib.ua.edu/181529
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0003968
dc.identifier.other Blankenship_alatus_0004M_14633
dc.identifier.uri http://ir.ua.edu/handle/123456789/8200
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.description.abstract Urban sprawl has led to poorly planned cities that spread out over large distances of land, creating unequal distribution of resources and blocking access to opportunities for low-income residents who remain in the central city (Squires, 2002) . While sprawl does provide the opportunity to live a quiet life outside of the city, the lasting impacts of sprawl are beginning to be seen in inner city communities. Two of these communities are Birmingham, Alabama’s North and East neighborhoods. This study explores the possible causes of Birmingham’s sprawl and residents' opinions of how urban sprawl impacts them socially, economically, and environmentally. Using geographic information system (GIS) technology and a comparison case study approach, it analyzes Birmingham’s history and census tracts within the North and East neighborhoods in order to: determine if low-income households are increasing in fringe suburbs while simultaneously decreasing in the inner city; ascertain whether or not being in close proximity to an economic hub has any effect on household income; establish if property values are an indicator of upward mobility for communities; and confirm the historical causes of the city’s sprawl. In doing so the research was able to determine how residents in North and East Birmingham perceive the potential effects of sprawl. Similar methodology can be applied to other mid-sized American cities hoping to gain more insight into how sprawl affects their citizens.
dc.format.medium electronic
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher University of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Libraries Digital Collections
dc.relation.hasversion born digital
dc.rights All rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated.
dc.subject Community Planning en_US
dc.subject GIS en_US
dc.subject Low-income en_US
dc.subject Urban Planning en_US
dc.subject Urban Sprawl en_US
dc.title Exploring the Effects of Urban Sprawl on Low-Income Neighborhoods in Birmingham, AL en_US
dc.type thesis
dc.type text
etdms.degree.department University of Alabama. Department of Geography
etdms.degree.discipline Urban planning
etdms.degree.grantor The University of Alabama
etdms.degree.level master’s
etdms.degree.name M.S.


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