Date of Award

1983

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Community Planning

First Advisor

Thomas D. Galloway

Abstract

Small towns on the urban fringe have experienced many changes over the past fifty years. With advancing technology, their effective distance from the urban center has been shortened. Improved transportation and communication systems have made the city much more accessible. People can now work in the city, yet live in the country. This reduces the strength of the local economic base, but increases residentially oriented activity.

The exodus to the country resulted in widespread land speculation and hundreds of new suburban communities. Large tracts of land, previously vacant or sometimes farmed, at the fringes of urban areas were subdivided and sold for house lots to provide space for the growing urban population. Rising land values led to rampant speculation and the result was often unplanned scattered subdivisions that "leap - frogged " across the land.

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