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Master of Arts (MA)




Past research has found that minority and low socioeconomic status families are more likely to reside in neighborhoods with a disproportionate number of environmental burdens than white and high socioeconomic status families. It has also been posited that low-income minorities are replaced by higher-income whites when gentrification takes place in urban neighborhoods. It is the goal of this study to identify patterns between official environmental hazard recognition and gentrification as defined by racial turnover in the city of Atlanta by using census data and information from the Georgia brownfield records and the Toxic Release Inventory. I found that as the proportion of whites increased, the number of recognized environmental hazards increased and that the average number of recognized environmental hazards within the gentrifying census tracts was greater than that within census tracts that were not experiencing gentrification.


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