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Exploring Micropolitan Areas As A Source Of Population Growth In Iowa, David G. Inbody Jan 2007

Exploring Micropolitan Areas As A Source Of Population Growth In Iowa, David G. Inbody

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

As sluggish growth persists in the state of Iowa, micropolitan areas may provide a viable source for expanding development. This thesis has two primary objectives: to better understand those factors driving population growth among micropolitan areas and to explore micropolitan areas in the state of Iowa as compared to micropolitan areas in other parts of the country. The analyses show a relationship between four of the five growth factors (agglomeration, recreation, immigration, education and diversification) and effective growth rate, the difference between micropolitan population growth and statewide population growth. As the number of qualifying categories increase for a micropolitan area ...


Glen Oaks Residential Community: A Case Study About The Implications Of Gated Communities , Rachael Bess Goldberg Jan 2006

Glen Oaks Residential Community: A Case Study About The Implications Of Gated Communities , Rachael Bess Goldberg

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

There has been a rise in the development of gated communities in the United States since the mid 1980s. Residents opt to move into gated developments for reasons such as increased safety, noise and traffic reduction, aesthetics and yard maintenance, prestige, control, exclusivity, and the protection of property values. Gated communities are often regulated by a self-governing homeowners association, however, residents often find the association's regulations too controlling. By their nature, gated communities separate residents from the broader urban environment. They are criticized as being insular, exclusive, reactionary, and socially isolating, contradicting the professional planning principles of openness, access ...


Analyzing The Green Roof: A Critical Dialogue , Sandra Lynn Peterson Jan 2001

Analyzing The Green Roof: A Critical Dialogue , Sandra Lynn Peterson

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Landscape architecture is the domain that lies at the crossroads of many disciplines. Perhaps the most apparent of those disciplines are art and science. A successful landscape architect is one who understands this intersection and consciously designs to enhance the function of both aesthetics and the environment. The green roof is an example of a landscape architectural design that can incorporate both aesthetic and environmental function. The green roof also has potential social and economic benefits within the urban context. The structure and technology of the green roof is well understood, however an extensive literature search on the green roof ...


Emerging Bridges Over Contested Waters: Coalitions, Participatory Process, Social Capital And Community Capacity For Water Quality Protection , Stephen Philip Gasteyer Jan 2001

Emerging Bridges Over Contested Waters: Coalitions, Participatory Process, Social Capital And Community Capacity For Water Quality Protection , Stephen Philip Gasteyer

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Over the decade of the 1990s, there has been increasing attention to the factors that contribute to community organization for the protection of water quality. While much is theorized about the importance of education, leadership, and biophysical factors in this organization, few have laid out concrete models about the causal factors in creating community capacity for water quality protection. Building on research on social indicators, including indicators of community process, this research aims to demonstrate a clear relationship between attention to the social mobilization process and creation of community capacity to respond to water quality challenges. I use multivariate analysis ...


A Case Study Of Somerset In Ames, Iowa: An Analysis Of The Process, Planning Approaches, And Implementation Methods Of The Development , Karen Leigh Fisk Ormsbee Jan 2000

A Case Study Of Somerset In Ames, Iowa: An Analysis Of The Process, Planning Approaches, And Implementation Methods Of The Development , Karen Leigh Fisk Ormsbee

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Communities are predominantly developed with one type of dwelling in each neighborhood, creating a clustered landscape of single-use buildings that requires people to get into their automobiles and drive to their destinations. What choices are people being offered for the types of communities that they can live in? A growing movement attempts to address this question by developing housing that suits a larger audience. The principles of New Urbanism provides a flexible framework for creating communities that are less automobile-dependent, affords residents opportunities to interact, and consumes fewer natural resources. This case study examines Somerset, a housing development in Ames ...


Community Attachment In Rural Iowa: Multilevel Test Of A Theoretical Model With Intervening Variables , Li-Jun Zhao Jan 1996

Community Attachment In Rural Iowa: Multilevel Test Of A Theoretical Model With Intervening Variables , Li-Jun Zhao

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Previous systemic models of community attachment have not included individual participation in local community groups and attitudes toward the community as intervening variables to predict community attachment through individual sociodemographic characteristics. Social Identity Theory provides a perspective to justify their inclusion when community attachment is perceived as an outcome of individuals' social identification with their own communities;Based on social identity theory, a systemic model is proposed to test the notion that community attachment indicated by its psychological dimension is affected significantly by individual participation in local community groups and attitudes toward the community which are predicted by individual differences ...


Housing Constraints And Adjustment Behaviors Of Vulnerable Households , Marilyn Jo Bruin Jan 1995

Housing Constraints And Adjustment Behaviors Of Vulnerable Households , Marilyn Jo Bruin

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Three papers examine residential satisfaction, housing quality, and reported change in residential quality for households headed by single-parent women or divorced parents. Families headed by single or remarried parents are vulnerable to housing problems in that they are more likely than nuclear families to have low levels of economic resources and unmet housing needs. Three separate analyses of different data sets add to the understanding of the housing adjustment behaviors of households with non-normative family structures;The first paper reports the operationalization and testing of measures of personality characteristics to predict housing and neighborhood satisfaction. The results suggest that personality ...


Influences Of Rapid Growth On Residential Satisfaction And Community Attachment: A Case Study , Yu Shi Li Jan 1993

Influences Of Rapid Growth On Residential Satisfaction And Community Attachment: A Case Study , Yu Shi Li

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

In 1974, Kasarda and Janowitz tested the systemic model of community attachment and suggested that variables, such as age, socioeconomic status, length of residence, and home ownership have significant influences on community attachment. In this case study, the systemic model is retested in a rapidly growing community, Madison, Alabama;Over the past several decades, Madison has undergone a significant amount of growth in both population and economy, largely because of the industrial development in Huntsville (Madison is at the west edge of Huntsville), which is characterized as the "high-tech capital of the South". The rapid growth in the population and ...


A Longitudinal Model Of Determinants Of Housing Status In Oaxaca, A Secondary City Of Mexico , Insoo Lee Jan 1990

A Longitudinal Model Of Determinants Of Housing Status In Oaxaca, A Secondary City Of Mexico , Insoo Lee

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this dissertation is to investigate a longitudinal model of determinants of housing status and relationships among those determining variables and housing status over the family life cycle of urban households in Oaxaca, a secondary city of Mexico. A stratified systematic sample of 633 was drown from civil areas representing typical housing morphology and social lives in 1986-1987. For the analyses, the original questionnaire data were transformed into longitudinal yearly record of each household's life, beginning at the date the household was formed by marriage. In the longitudinal model of housing status, it was observed that there ...


The Implementation Of Public Policy: A Sociological Examination Of A Watershed Project Using Grounded Theory , James E. Malia Jan 1989

The Implementation Of Public Policy: A Sociological Examination Of A Watershed Project Using Grounded Theory , James E. Malia

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Local sponsors of federal projects may redefine policy initiatives and implementation strategies to be consistent with local perceptions of need and available resources. These local solutions may not be adequate to sustain the project or to address the larger societal good that is the prime policy objective. As a result, the policy fails to achieve its stated objectives and the societal good may be compromised. The study examines the implementation of a watershed project to learn how implementation strategies can be better devised to increase local compliance;The Little Sioux Watershed program in Western Iowa provides the empirical data for ...


Community Size, Housing Characteristics And Housing Satisfaction, Linda Margaret Prentice Jan 1977

Community Size, Housing Characteristics And Housing Satisfaction, Linda Margaret Prentice

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

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