Date of Award

5-10-2014

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Geosciences

First Advisor

Dr. Katherine Hankins

Second Advisor

Dr. Timothy Hawthorne

Third Advisor

Dr. Jennifer Patico

Abstract

Neoliberal reforms alter cities all the way down to their very urban form. This research expands our knowledge of residential mobility brought on by neoliberalizing forces by examining two particular approaches to housing reform that resulted in intense periods of residential mobility- the closure and demolition of public housing projects and relaxed regulations on mortgage lending practices which contributed to bursting the housing bubble and a steep rise in foreclosures. These events brought significant change to Atlanta's neighborhoods, leaving some with high rates of vacancy. Through GIS and qualitative research involving the analysis of semi-structured interviews with forty residents of four affected neighborhoods on the southwest side of Atlanta- Pittsburgh/Mechanicsville, English Avenue, Beecher Hills, and Greenbriar, this research will tell the story of how residents of these neighborhoods experienced being left behind by both outward residential mobility and the government agencies that no longer have the resources available to support neighborhood stability.

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