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Friday, April 10 • 9:50am - 10:30am
PS12.0 Understanding the role of built design in neighborhood revitalization and stabilization

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As neighborhood revitalization and stabilization continue to be a major focus of planners, developers, and design professionals, it becomes ever more important to understand the visual impact of these objectives. To comprehend when these efforts have exceeded their purpose, it is likewise necessary to be able to recognize the physical appearance of gentrification. The ability to understand and visually compare stabilization, revitalization, gentrification, and the visual boundaries between these concepts can assist those initiating and implementing neighborhood renewal. Visual recognition of the design tropes associated with gentrification prior to its actualization allows decision makers and implementers time to make modifications and ensure neighborhoods stabilize to support a diversity of incomes, ages, housing styles, services, and amenities. This research project attempts to develop an understanding through visual study and qualitative analysis of the appearance and resident perceptions of these important neighborhood development concepts and apply them to a long-term stabilized neighborhood, a newly developed neighborhood, and a neighborhood in transition. The findings of this research will provide a visual context and potential strategies for neighborhood revitalization and stabilization through implementation of mixed-income communities rather than gentrification.


Katherine Dostart

Iowa State University

Friday April 10, 2015 9:50am - 10:30am EDT
Biscayne Ballroom (2nd floor)