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Attracting redevelopment in “inner-ring” municipalities of U.S. metropolitan areas – focusing on Los Angeles and Boston


  • Sofia Dermisi

    (Roosevelt University)


This paper examines the underlying socio-economic conditions that are likely to explain redevelopment activity in the “inner-ring” municipalities of a metropolitan area. The area of study consists of 54 municipalities within Los Angeles county limits and 33 municipalities in the Boston metropolitan area. The time length covered is from 1970 through 2000, focusing on the rate of change in socioeconomic and development conditions from 1970 to 2000 and 1980 to 2000. Among the selected municipalities for the two metropolitan areas, we focused on two groupings based on income - those with median household income within the 20th – 50th percentile and those within the 51st – 100 percentile. The results indicate that local socioeconomic conditions appear to have greater impact on property values in the Los Angeles area than in Boston. Although, new residential activity seems to be influenced by socioeconomic trends in Los Angeles, the empirical analysis in both cities indicates that other factors, such as public incentives, may impact new development activity more significantly.

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  • Sofia Dermisi, 2005. "Attracting redevelopment in “inner-ring” municipalities of U.S. metropolitan areas – focusing on Los Angeles and Boston," Urban/Regional 0509008, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpur:0509008
    Note: Type of Document - pdf. Presented at the 2004 Americal Real Estate Society Conference

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    1. Richard Voith, 1999. "The Suburban Housing Market: Effects of City and Suburban Employment Growth," Real Estate Economics, American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association, vol. 27(4), pages 621-648, December.
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