Strategies to encourage residential infill construction in the central city neighborhoods of Muncie, Indiana

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dc.contributor.advisor Parker, Francis H. (Francis Haywood), 1938- Stand, James L. en_US 2011-06-03T19:47:39Z 2011-06-03T19:47:39Z 1991 en_US 1991
dc.identifier LD2489.Z54 1991 .S72 en_US
dc.description.abstract This thesis examines the problem of a lack of residential construction in the central city neighborhoods of Muncie, Indiana. The purposes are: 1) to increase awareness of the problem; 2) to demonstrate the need for affordable, infill housing, and 3) to develop strategies showing how affordable, infill housing can be built in Muncie. The research has been written as an attempt to deal with population loss and neighborhood instability in Muncie's central city neighborhoods. The information is intended to be used by home builders, city departments, neighborhood organizations, and bankers to develop and implement a housing infill and rehabilitation program in Muncie.Background information shows that between 1960 and 1980 there was a sharp decrease in the population, number of structures built, and total housing units in the central city neighborhoods. Literature demonstrates case studies of infill housing, infill strategies, and the importance of the Community Reinvestment Act. Affordable housing was determined to be appropriate as infill because of context, need, and demand trends in Muncie. A study of demand determined a strong housing market in Muncie and a need for affordable housing in all areas.Community information sources (home builders, neighborhood organizations, bankers, realtors, and city departments) were interviewed and it was determined that a poor image, little financial support, inappropriate zoning, and a lack of code enforcement are the biggest reasons why infill is not occuring. A study of vacant lots shows where sites are and which lots are the most appropriate for infill development. Strategies were then developed for each information group. Finally, a plan of action concludes this research by stating the need for affordable infill, and that an educated group of professionals is needed to provide this housing. While this information is applied to the particular situation of Muncie, the process developed within is intended to be used in other cities also.
dc.description.sponsorship College of Architecture and Planning
dc.format.extent 55 leaves : ill. ; 28 cm. en_US
dc.source Virtual Press en_US
dc.subject.lcsh City planning. en_US
dc.title Strategies to encourage residential infill construction in the central city neighborhoods of Muncie, Indiana en_US
dc.type Undergraduate 5th year College of Architecture and Planning thesis. Thesis (B.U.P.D.)
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