Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Geography and Geology


The increase in the number of new single-family homes, associated with the spread of urban development around an urban center, has long been of interest to both geographers and students of urban growth*. The geographer's concern arises because new housing promotes urban sprawl. Inefficiences in the provision of public services, notably in the development of secondary streets and highways within the study area, have created irregularities in the spatial pattern around the city. The expansion of new housing into suburban areas has also been associated with a trend in rising prices of housing most distant from the central city. In spite of the importance of such an effort, few geographers have devoted much attention to the study of the extent or increase of new single-family housing within part of an urbanized area, or even to the exploration of the operation of the housing market.


A Thesis Presented to the Department of Geography and the Faculty of the Graduate College University of Nebraska at Omaha In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts. Copyright 1973, John D. Hardin

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