Date of Award

12-2009

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of City and Regional Planning (MCRP)

Legacy Department

City and Regional Planning

Advisor

Dunning, Anne

Committee Member

Nocks , Barry

Committee Member

Ellis , Cliff

Abstract

The process of redevelopment is a relied upon method of breathing new life into downtowns and urban areas. Though several common redevelopment approaches contribute to a sustainable atmosphere, more significant environmentally- and ecologically- sustainable approaches can be implemented in redevelopments to repair and support the environment and ecology of an area. But do economic and sustainable redevelopment models have similar impacts on the surrounding economies? This report conducted an evaluation and comparison of the economic effects of sustainable redevelopments and economic redevelopments. Though research is considered exploratory, the results demonstrate that sustainable and economic redevelopments are both viable options for redevelopment processes. The sustainable redevelopment framework created from the literature review and from project case studies can inform cities and communities of the different redevelopment approaches and offer a path to sustainability.

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