IMPACT OF HIGHWAYS UPON METROPOLITAN DISPERSION: ST LOUIS

THIS PAPER EXAMINES THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN HIGHWAY IMPROVEMENT AND CHANGES IN URBAN FORM IN THE ST. LOUIS STANDARD METROPOLITAN STATISTICAL AREA (SMSA) IN 1965-1970. THE METHODOLOGY EMPLOYS DESCRIPTIVE STATISTICS, AS WELL AS SIMPLE REGRESSION MODELS DESIGNED TO EXPLAIN VARIATIONS IN LAND USE CHANGE AS MEASURED BY CHANGES IN EMPLOYMENT AND POPULATION DENSITY. ACCESSIBILITY CHANGES ARE REPRESENTED BY HIGHWAY TRAVEL TIME CHANGES BETWEEN SUB-REGIONS OF THE DECENTRALIZATION FROM TH CITY TO THE COUNTY--EXCEPT THAT, WHILE RESIDENTIAL AND INDUSTRIAL DENSITY IN THE CITY DECREASED, COMMERCIAL EMPLOYMENT DENSITY INCREASED. THIS PRESUMABLY REFLECTS THE MORE INERDEPENDENT NATURE OF COMMERCIAL ACTIVITY AND ITS LESSER NEED FOR LAND. THE WESTWARDLY GROWTH OF THE ST. LOUIS METROPOLITAN AREA SEEMS LIKELY TO CONTINUE, WITH THE OUTER COUNTIES GROWING MOST RAPIDLY. /AUTHOR/

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    RAND Corporation

    1776 Main Street, P.O. Box 2138
    Santa Monica, CA  United States  90407-2138
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  • Pagination: 23 p.

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  • Accession Number: 00240792
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 7 1974 12:00AM