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Urban redevelopment of Lawrence, MA a retrospective case study of the Plains Neighborhood


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Abstract (summary)

This is a retrospective case study of the urban redevelopment's impact in the Plains Neighborhood of Lawrence. MA. It investigates the Lawrence Redevelopment Authority and city officials' actions to use eminent domain for a perceived public benefit, via a top down approach, to revitalize the city throughout the 1960s. The research presented herein illustrates powerful institutions and local government's actions toward a vulnerable immigrant community, with an undercurrent of gentrification which lies beneath the goals to revitalize Lawrence, MA. It investigates the clash of differing ideals and perceptions of blight, growth, and what is a desirable community. Topics of why this area was chosen, what events lead up to urban redevelopment, as well as the motive, goals and ramifications of neighborhood clearance will be covered. Embracing a strong qualitative methodology, incorporated within are a variety of data collection techniques: seven oral histories, document analyses of administrative records, media investigation of pertinent newspaper articles, as well as quantitative analysis and archival research to uncover how the program impacted the city and its' residents.

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Subject
Area Planning and Development;
Public policy;
Urban planning
Classification
0341: Area Planning and Development
0630: Public policy
0999: Urban planning
Identifier / keyword
Social sciences; Massachusetts
Title
Urban redevelopment of Lawrence, MA a retrospective case study of the Plains Neighborhood
Author
Pernice, Nicolas M.
Number of pages
136
Publication year
2011
Degree date
2011
School code
0111
Source
MAI 50/04M, Masters Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9781267218490
Advisor
Moss, Philip
University/institution
University of Massachusetts Lowell
University location
United States -- Massachusetts
Degree
M.S.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
1507806
ProQuest document ID
927945212
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/927945212
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