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The impact of an urban university and its neighborhood: A case study of Georgia State University and downtown Atlanta
by Ericson, Steven Paul, Ph.D., Oklahoma State University, 2014, 121; 3714894
Abstract (Summary)

This study examines the interaction between Georgia State University (GSU) and downtown Atlanta. As the university has grown since 2000, the dynamic between GSU and its host city has brought to light many changes. This study investigates how the university and city have changed through economic impact, crime patterns, and sense of community over the past decade of campus expansion. Three distinct, but related projects explore the topics of economic impact, crime patterns, and sense of community. The economic results show that the university's campus expansion has not significantly increased property values surrounding GSU. The crime analysis reveals that the increasing student population and campus footprint have not significantly changed crime patterns on and near campus. The sense of community study shows that students have a greater sense of school pride, and sections of downtown are painted in GSU blue as more students are wearing university-affiliated T-shirts than ever before.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Comer, Jonathan C.
Commitee: Bays, Brad A., Finch, Bryan, Finchum, G. Allen
School: Oklahoma State University
Department: Geography
School Location: United States -- Oklahoma
Source: DAI-A 76/11(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Geography
Keywords: Atlanta, Economic impact, Georgia, Sense of community, University crime, Urban geography
Publication Number: 3714894
ISBN: 978-1-321-92750-4
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