First Advisor

Carl Abbott

Date of Publication

Summer 8-21-2013

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Urban Studies


Urban Studies and Planning




Neighborhoods -- Economic aspects -- Oregon -- Portland -- Case studies, Neighborhoods -- Oregon -- Portland -- Social conditions -- Case studies, Gentrification -- Oregon -- Portland -- Case studies, Community development -- Oregon -- Portland -- Case studies



Physical Description

1 online resource (vii, 138 pages)


Commercial corridors in neighborhoods experiencing change have been relegated to a footnote in research on residential phenomena. It is taken for granted that the process of change experience by businesses within these neighborhoods mirrors that of the residential change. This assumption is often predicated on the underlying model of invasion succession, suggesting that inmovers displace native populations, whether they are residents or businesses. Analyzing time series data on neighborhood commercial corridor change, research attempted to first test data against the invasion succession model to see if it is an effective framework for analysis. Second, through comparison of case study areas and data along the aggregated corridor, insights are advanced to spur development of a valid model for examining neighborhood commercial corridor change as a unique process with regular spatio-temporal patterns. This framework, it is suggested, is the first step towards understanding the impact of external forces, including social actors, on the neighborhood commercial landscape.


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howlsey_neighborhoodmaps.pdf (661 kB)
Neighborhood Maps

howlsey_neighborhoodbusinesses.ods (163 kB)
Neighborhood Businesses