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Abstract: The purpose of this thesis is to explore which types of vacant land
reuse scenarios elicit the strongest interest from the private, for-profit sector. Vacant
land and abandoned buildings contribute to the extreme blight in many neighborhoods
throughout the country. Current policy related to vacant land reuse does not draw
significant interest from the private sector, a sector with a ... read morehigh level of technical
expertise and risk taking capability. Through this research I explore private, for-profit
real estate developer attitudes related to hypothetical policy scenarios. I use the
Homewood neighborhoods of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania as a case study. Through interviews I
capture developers' stated preferences for policies that support site assemblage of scale,
including Land Banks and Scattered Lot Acquisition by Block. Interview results highlight
developers' preferences to work on vacant land reuse projects in "transitional"
neighborhoods as opposed to "very distressed" neighborhoods.
Thesis (M.A.)--Tufts University, 2012.
Submitted to the Dept. of Urban and Environmental Policy and
Advisor: Justin Hollander.
Committee: Ann Rappaport.
Keyword: Land use planning.read less