CHANGES IN WESTCHESTER

THIS IS A REPORT ABOUT RECENT CHANGES IN WESTCHESTER COUNTY, NEW YORK, WHICH DEPICTS RESULTS OF AN INVESTIGATION OF HOW PEOPLE REACT TO MAJOR ROADS AND PARKWAYS CLOSE BY, AND THE EFFECTS OF THESE ARTERIES ON PROPERTY VALUES. RESIDENTS IN THE VICINITIES OF TWO PARKWAYS AND TWO MAJOR ROADS WERE INTERVIEWED AND VALUES OF RESIDENTIAL PROPERTIES WERE OBTAINED FROM SALES AND TAX RECORDS; THESE WERE COMPARED WITH VALUES IN NEARBY UNAFFECTED AREAS. THE DATA ANALYZED WERE RESIDENTS' ATTITUDES ON NEARBY MAJOR ROADS AND /OR PARKWAYS AND PROPERTY VALUES. IT WAS CONCLUDED THAT: (1) A MAJOR ROAD DOES NOT AFFECT PROPERTY MORE THAN A FEW HUNDRED FEET AWAY, ALTHOUGH IT DOES IMPAIR THE VALUE AND LIVABILITY OF HOUSES FACING DIRECTLY ON IT; (2) HOUSES ON MAJOR ROADS ARE A PROBLEM FOR A COMMUNITY SEEKING TO PRESERVE THE STABILITY OF RESIDENTIAL AREAS; (3) WHERE STRIP COMMERCIAL ZONING HAS BEEN TRIED, THE RESULTING DEVELOPMENTS HAVE BEEN SINGLED OUT BY RESIDENTS AS OBNOXIOUS; (4) RESIDENTS OF NEIGHBORHOODS BORDERING MAIN ARTERIES PRIZE THE ACCESSIBILITY OF THEIR HOUSES FROM ALL PARTS OF THE METROPOLITAN AREA, AND (5) PARKWAY TREATMENT MINIMIZES OBJECTIONS TO MAIN ARTERIES. /WU/

  • Corporate Authors:

    Westchester County, New York

    Department of Planning
    ,   USA 
  • Publication Date: 1955

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00201447
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: University of Washington, Seattle
  • Report/Paper Numbers: pp 12-16
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 16 1970 12:00AM