Date of Award

5-2010

Document Type

Terminal Project

Degree Name

Master of City and Regional Planning (MCRP)

Department

Planning and Landscape Architecture

Advisor

Dr. Mickey Lauria

Committee Member

Dr. Barry C. Nocks

Abstract

Hispanic immigrants in the United States have long maintained tangible and intangible ties to their countries of origin. These ties have persisted to the current day and are now referred to as transnational ties. These transnational ties may have a variety of effects on community development efforts within Hispanic immigrant communities in the United States. Recently, Hispanic immigrants in the United States have dispersed from traditional ports of entry to new destinations in the Southeast and Midwest that often are not accustomed to them and unprepared for their arrival.

Through a case study analysis of new Hispanic immigrant destinations in Marshalltown, IA, and Greenville, SC as well as the established immigrant community of Pilsen, Chicago this research investigates community development in transnational communities in the United States. This research finds that while community development organizations are not strongly addressing the transnational nature of their clients they are addressing the uniquely Hispanic nature of their clients. From the specific conclusions drawn from this work a set of best practice principles for use in community development in transnational and Hispanic communities has been created.

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