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

by Pernice, Nicolas M., M.S., UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS LOWELL, 2011, 136 pages; 1507806

Abstract:

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.

AdviserPhilip Moss
SchoolUNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS LOWELL
Source TypeThesis
SubjectsArea planning and development; Public policy; Urban planning
Publication Number1507806

About ProQuest Dissertations & Theses
With nearly 4 million records, the ProQuest Dissertations & Theses (PQDT) Global database is the most comprehensive collection of dissertations and theses in the world. It is the database of record for graduate research.

PQDT Global combines content from a range of the world's premier universities - from the Ivy League to the Russell Group. Of the nearly 4 million graduate works included in the database, ProQuest offers more than 2.5 million in full text formats. Of those, over 1.7 million are available in PDF format. More than 90,000 dissertations and theses are added to the database each year.

If you have questions, please feel free to visit the ProQuest Web site - http://www.proquest.com - or call ProQuest Hotline Customer Support at 1-800-521-3042.