The impact of Interstate radial freeway corridors on the location of new office developments in seven U.S. cities between 1970 and 1976 is discussed. Data indicate that in each of the seven cities greater growth of this type occurred outside the downtown core than in it. Growth of office sites compared with previous development ranged from 12 to 110 percent and averaged 24 percent in the core and ranged from 106 to 307 percent and averaged 207 percent in noncore areas. Growth expressed in gross square meters showed a similar pattern. Of the office development that took place from 1970 to 1976, the greatest proportion of new sites occurred in Interstate radial corridors (average of 34 percent). When gross square meters of new office development was analyzed, growth on Interstate radial freeways exceeded growth in all noncore transportation corridors but not in the core itself. An analysis of other factors theoretically associated with these patterns suggests that accessibility to the residences of white-collar workers, especially those who make decisions on office location, was not most important. Other factors examined-including accessibility to the city core, metropolitan tax differentials, and the cost and availability of land--were found to be unrelated or much less significant. /Authors/

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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; Maps; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 10-17
  • Monograph Title: Effects of transportation on the community
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  • Accession Number: 00196668
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309028310
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-026 811
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Sep 15 1979 12:00AM