Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Sociology and Anthropology


The massive urban renewal and highway construction projects undertaken in recent years represent efforts to alleviate some of the problems of modern society. Urban renewal was dedicated to solving the social problems of the slums. Highway construction projects are efforts to solve problems of a more technical nature. Both have tended to leave in their wake other problems as least as difficult as those they were intended to solve. Urban renewal has demolished old slums and created new ones. Highway construction has disrupted established neighborhoods without consideration of the effect on the social structure of the area. Now there is increasing recognition of the need to evaluate the possible social consequences before locating and constructing a highway in any given area. Am amplification of the factors given consideration in highway corridor location can be found in McHarg, Design With Nature, (1969:31-71).


A Thesis Presented to the Department of Sociology and the Faculty of the College of Graduate Studies University of Nebraska at Omaha In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts. Copyright 1972, Carol J. Lunbeck