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Title: Inner-City Commercial Strips: Evolution, Decay, Retrofit?

Author(s): Loukaitou-Sideris, Anastasia

Published: 1997 by UCTC 353

Online Access: http://www.uctc.net/papers/353.pdf

Abstract: The focus of this research is the commercial strip of the American inner city which, due to disinvestment, high crime rates, arbitrary and haphazard development, and poor connections to surrounding residential neighborhoods, has become a problematic environment. Physical retrofit and economic policies are urgently needed in order to reclaim these decaying urban environments. This paper concentrates on the subject of physical retrofit, using three inner-city commercial strips in Los Angeles as case studies to document residentsÂ’ needs and utilization of these strips, and proposed design and policy changes for their physical improvement.

Category: Transportation, Land Use, and Urban Form     

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