The Morphology of a College Town Residential Neighborhood

Authors: Suzanne Struve*, Blinn College, Rhonda Reagan*, Blinn College
Topics: Urban Geography, Land Use, Geographic Information Science and Systems
Keywords: Human Geography, GIS, Demographics
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/6/2019
Start / End Time: 9:55 AM / 11:35 AM
Room: Lincoln 2, Marriott, Exhibition Level
Presentation File: Download

The city of College Station, Texas (population 118,000), is home to Texas A&M University. The university is a large state university with approximately 64,000 students. As enrollment for the university has grown, the need for off campus housing has increased. The study area is a residential neighborhood located south of the main campus. This neighborhood has experienced significant change in the past decade as older homes have been torn down and replaced by housing specifically built for the student population. The data displayed on the poster has been collected through a combination of field observations, tax roll data, and census data. The study focuses on a number of issues in the neighborhood: change in demographics, change in the size and value of homes, impact of higher occupancy housing, and the prevalence of owner-occupied homes. Conclusions drawn from this study include the following: alteration of the traditional neighborhood landscape, exodus of long-time residents of the neighborhood, tax revenues have increased, and home values have increased resulting in higher taxes.

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