Changes in commercial landscapes of transit neighborhoods in Charlotte, NC: preliminary analysis

Authors: Elina Sukaryavichute*, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Topics: Business Geography, Economic Geography, Transportation Geography
Keywords: Commercial gentrification, transit investments, neighborhood change
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/6/2019
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM
Room: Lincoln 2, Marriott, Exhibition Level
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Gentrification is a not a new phenomenon on a scholarly radar, however, until recently it has been discussed predominantly within the context of land values fluctuations and residential movements. Since the first discussion of gentrification in 1950s, knowledge about the phenomenon has been significantly expanded and has grown to include discussions on different spatial settings of gentrification (urban vs suburban), demographic characteristics of gentrifiers, the relationship between gentrification and global economic, and social trends. Today, the focus of gentrification studies remains on residential mobility and neighborhood change. However, scholars are increasingly turning their attention to exploring changes in commercial landscape and retail activity in gentrifying/gentrified neighborhoods. The purpose of this study is to examine the business trends in transit neighborhoods in Charlotte, NC over 10 years span from 2007 when the first light rail line was introduced to the city till 2017 and determine whether changes in industrial composition in those neighborhoods could be attributed to proximity of light rail stops. The study provides a preliminary analysis of commercial both spatial and non spatial trends.

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