Date of Award
Master of Science (MS)
Planning, Development, and Preservation
Jon B Marcoux
R. Grant Gilmore III
Christina R. Butler
This thesis seeks tested the relationship between the timing and location of infrastructural improvements in Charleston from 1880 to 1940, based on assessed property tax value. This relationship will be examined through the infrastructural additions of sewer systems and urban mass transit represented by omnibuses and electric streetcars. Specifically, to test whether there is a correlation between the timing of sewer systems and urban mass transit, the location where these modern amenities were installed, and assessed property tax value in these locations. The infrastructural advancements of sewers and urban mass transit are seldom considered aspects of the historic landscape. However, these seemingly subtle features play an essential role in the organization of the built environment based on social structure.
This thesis found that from 1880 to 1940 areas of high assessed property value remained constant as average assessed property tax value slowly increased up the peninsula. The data found there was a correlation between average assessed property tax value and the infrastructural advancements of sewers and urban mass transit. Trends developed between average assessed property tax value and amount of linear feet updated per year. The interpreted data explains the relationship between average assessed property tax value in Charleston from 1880 to 1940.
Hendricks, Monica M., "Tax and Infrastructure: Testing the Correlation Between Assessed Property Tax Value and Infrastructural Advancements in Charleston, South Carolina: 1880-1940”" (2020). All Theses. 3325.