Date of Award


Degree Type

Closed Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Dr. Katherine Hankins - Chair

Second Advisor

Dr. Timothy Crimmins

Third Advisor

Dr. John Allensworth


Cities no longer face top down governance where the local or state officials dictate the plans and create goals of a city, but instead are seeking input and involvement from the local citizens (Ghose, 2005). As local citizens are increasingly involved in local planning efforts, their voice becomes vital to [re]writing the local landscape. In this research, I examine the ways suburban cities like Marietta, Georgia, implement redevelopment efforts and the ways in which citizens of Marietta express their values for change in the public involvement process. I argue that the spatial values of citizens state that they desire to maintain their neighborhood’s character, while the city wants new people with high social class and money to move to Marietta to help improve the Marietta landscape. In the end, both the citizens’ and city’s values are materialized in the landscape and reflect an urban (middle class) spatial imaginary.