Date of Award

1979

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Community Planning

First Advisor

Marcia Marker Feld

Abstract

Hartford Hospital is a major health institution situated approximately one mile from the downtown area. It is the second largest hospital in New England. The Hospital enjoys a solid reputation for providing medical care for thousands in the Greater Hartford Area. The need to retain this status has required the Hospital to improve upon their facilities, add new equipment and provide other amenities that attract competent people to their staff. One of the amenities it provides is free parking to its employees.

As the Hospital grew, it became evident to administrators that more parking would have to be provided. A serious shortage in spaces has developed. To alleviate the situation, the Hospital purchased a number of housing structures and removed them, so that parking lots could be created. Overall, this paper deals specifically with the issues of institutional expansion and displacement. Directly pertaining to these issues is the idea of resident involvement in the Hartford Hospital planning process. Hospital officials do not feel that neighborhood residents are qualified to help them plan.

Chapter one is a description of the problem, and how residents have become involved in the issues of displacement and the Hospital's expansion. Chapter two describes the physical, social and economic characteristics of the neighborhood. The third chapter defines what displacement is, what types of displacement exist, and how it affects the individual. Chapter four is an outline of the attempts at controlling hospital expansion at the federal, state, and local levels. The final chapter contains the conclusions and recommendations of this report.

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