The potential of traditional streetcars to influence development and reinvestment in urban
neighborhoods is explored through a review of the planning literature and a GIS-based
spatial analysis of post-Hurricane Katrina commercial and residential building permits in
areas of New Orleans surrounding streetcar stops. Controlling for the city’s damage
assessment, proximity to significant commercial areas and the central business district, as
well as pre-storm demographic variables, a multiple regression analysis finds
significantly higher frequencies of commercial building permits near streetcar stops both
in downtown and neighborhood areas than in areas more distant from stops. Residential
permits are found to decrease in frequency in the areas closest to neighborhood streetcar
stops by a similar amount as commercial permits increase. Potential policy implications
Guthrie, Andrew. Streetcars and Recovery: An Analysis of Post Hurricane Katrina Building Permits Around New Orleans Streetcar Lines. Aug 2009. Aug 25 2009. Hubert H Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs.
professional paper in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Urban and Regional Planning
Streetcars and Recovery: An Analysis of Post Hurricane Katrina Building Permits Around New Orleans Streetcar Lines.
Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs.
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