Date of Award

May 2019

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Planning, Development, and Preservation

Committee Member

Mickey Lauria

Committee Member

James Spencer

Committee Member

Jason Osborne

Committee Member

Elora Raymond


Despite the global impacts of the U.S. foreclosure crisis, research on how this event has shaped processes of neighborhood change at the local level is relatively limited. Although the immediate neighborhood impacts of the U.S. foreclosure crisis have been well documented, the long-term influences this historic event had on processes of racial succession is yet to be fully understood. Even less research has focused on how the foreclosure crisis influenced racial transitions in small to mid-sized cities in the American South. Using both quantitative and geographical analytic techniques, this multi-case study seeks to analyze the spatial distribution of foreclosures in two counties in Southeastern United States. Additionally, using OLS regression, the study seeks to determine the independent influences that foreclosures have on the racial succession process at the census tract level. This research will to add to the discussion on race, foreclosure, neighborhood change and the reproduction of spatial inequality in America’s post-Recession urban landscape. The results can help planners, policy makers and housing advocates to better understand the racial transition process and more effectively ameliorate issues that result from concentrated foreclosures.



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