Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Geography and Geology

First Advisor

Dr. Charles R. Gildersleeve


The study addresses and follows the changing nature and character of Omaha, Nebraska's hard core between 1940 and 1980 by mapping its extent and examining its land use content for each year studied: 1940, 1951, 1961, 1970, and 1980. In order to map Omaha's hard core, a methodology based upon earlier studies was devised which allowed the area in question to be delimited through time using land use as a base. In addition to the hard core movements, the positions of the peak land value intersection and the arithmetic mean center were included for each time increment, demonstrating spatial change over time. Land use was also used in showing the changing functional character of Omaha's hard core during the period studied. The land use categories with which this study was concerned wer CBD and non-CBD, the former being divided further into retail business and service, finance, and office uses. A synthesis of the delimitation and land use data can be found in the final chapter which outlines the results of this study, including trends which were noted and future predictions for the hard core, as well as how the changes which occurred over time in Omaha compare with the changes in other cities in the United States.


A Thesis Presented to the Department of Geography-Geology and the Faculty of the Graduate College University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts University of Nebraska at Omaha. Copyright 1986, Rebecca Dawn Hawley