The report presents results of a study designed to examine social, environmental, and attitudinal factors associated with highway planning, with special emphases on relocation assistance efforts imposed by highway construction. Specifically, the study sought to: (1) determine the relative impact of new and improved highway construction on residental areas; (2) explore felt needs and problems relative to relocation assistance programs; (3) identify leadership and influence in two neighborhoods selected for study; (4) examine social processes--areas of cooperation and conflict; and (5) explore and evaluate means by which highway department officials might be minimize community disruption induced by displacement; how to improve public involvement techniques and public confidence in highway improvement programs. The latter objective is best illustrated in Volume II of the report, "Public Involvement: A Guide to Action." The findings of the research provide valuable information for use in planning public hearings and relocation assistance programs. Results are flexible enough to be used by community planners in general in their efforts to involve citizens in decision-making. The critical evaluation of the leadership structures in the two neighborhoods studied and the overall community; the perceptual and motivational factors which explain citizen behavior will provide a better understanding of the consequences of freeway/highway displacement.

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  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Sponsored by the State Department of Highways and Public Transportation. Research conducted in cooperation with DOT, and FHWA.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Texas Southern University, Houston

    Urban Resources Center, 3017 Wheeler Avenue
    Houston, TX  United States  77004
  • Authors:
    • Lede, N W
  • Publication Date: 1975-8

Media Info

  • Edition: Final Report
  • Pagination: 174 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00131804
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Res. Rpt. #217-1F
  • Contract Numbers: 7-10-75-217
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 5 1976 12:00AM