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Transportation and land-use preferences and residents’ neighborhood choices: the sufficiency of compact development in the Atlanta region

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  • Jonathan Levine

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  • Lawrence Frank

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    This paper analyzes the transportation and land-use preference and actual neighborhood choices of a sample of 1,455 residents of metro Atlanta. We develop a stated-preference scale on which desires for neighborhood type are gauged, from preferences for low-density, auto-oriented environments to desires for compact, walkable, and transit-oriented neighborhoods. This scale is then related to desires for change in one’s own neighborhood characteristics after a hypothetical move. If all neighborhood preferences were equally likely to be satisfied, then neighborhood preferences would not be correlated with a desire for change. By contrast, in the current study, stronger preferences for a more walkable environment are associated with greater desire for change in one’s neighborhood characteristics. This suggests an undersupply of compact, walkable, and transit-friendly neighborhood types relative to current demand. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2007

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    Article provided by Springer in its journal Transportation.

    Volume (Year): 34 (2007)
    Issue (Month): 2 (March)
    Pages: 255-274

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    Handle: RePEc:kap:transp:v:34:y:2007:i:2:p:255-274

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    Keywords: Zoning; Land-use regulation; Stated preference; Residential choice; Smart growth; Compact development;

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