The full text of Senior Independent Study Theses submitted during and after 2012 are available to download only by College of Wooster users. Unless listed as an exemplar, all other theses are restricted.

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Senior Independent Study Theses from 2016

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What Keeps Portland Weird? A Case Study Analysis of Portland, Oregon's Transit-Oriented Development Program, Niall W. Cronin
Department: Urban Studies

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Inner-Ring Suburban Stability Through Regional Collaboration: A Case Study of the Cleveland and Chicago Metropolitan Areas, David Hirsh
Department: Urban Studies

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Analyzing Factors that Affect Commuter Mode Choice: ‘Can the Development of Viable Alternative Mode Choice and Proper Incentivization Lead to Lower Levels of Automobile Commuting?’ Case Study: Washington-Arlington-Alexandria Metropolitan Statistical Area, Alexander W. Hohl
Department: Urban Studies

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Do Community Centers Create Positive Outcome for Disenfranchised Adolescents? A Comparative Case Study, Justice J. Peoples
Department: Urban Studies

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Painting the Town Green: Why Some U.S. Cities Pursue Ecological Sustainability More Seriously Than Others, Hugh W. Reynolds
Department: Urban Studies

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2015

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Growth Machines: Powering Up: An Assessment of Growth Machine Theory and Its Potential Viability in Development Planning, Xavier Brown
Department: Urban Studies

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The Visual Remains of Urban Life: Graffiti’s Relationship to Public Space in Copenhagen, Denmark, Kimberly Palagyi
Department: Urban Studies

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The Underclass Spatial, Racial Isolation and its Implications on Urban Homicide, Evan L. Pannell
Department: Urban Studies

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Rawls L.E.A.D.S. the Way: Justice in the City from a Philosophical Perspective, Thomas Pera
Department: Urban Studies; Philosophy

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2014

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From the Ground Up: A Case Study of How Universities and Cities Align Their Interests to Promote Mutually Beneficial Development, Henry Waldron
Department: Urban Studies

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2013

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The Strength of Neighborhoods' Mosaic: An Empirical Analysis That Examines the Relationship Between Community Based Assets and Physical and Social Disorder, Devin Cotten
Department: Urban Studies

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Subprime Lending in Minority Neighborhoods: An Examination of the Pattern of Mortgage Lending in Chicago, Illinois, Jacob Mays
Department: Urban Studies

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Whether Horizontal or Vertical Power Structures are Best Suited for Creating Extensive, Equitable, and Financialy Sustainable Public Transportation Systems in Cities, Evan Severs
Department: Urban Studies

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2012

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Does Spatial Mismatch Still Occur in 2010? An Examination of Race, Income and Urban Georgraphy in the Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor Metropolitan Statistical Area, Kelsey Bridges
Department: Urban Studies

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Body Wars: Nationalism, the State, and Wartime Sexual Violence in Guatemala and Sri Lanka, Meredith M. Loken
Department: Political Science; Urban Studies

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People, Places, and Spaces: a Case Study of Sustainable Revitalization in Three Pittsburgh Neighborhoods, Amiel Alejandrina Portillo Wein
Department: Urban Studies

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2011

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Greenspace and Quality of Life: a Hedonic Analysis of Parks in Chicago, Illinois, J. Brendan Horgan
Department: Urban Studies

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2007

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Politics, Planning, and Popular Movements in Postwar Detroit: Urban Redevelopment Under the Cavanagh and Young Administrations, Alexander Balloon
Department: History; Urban Studies

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School Reform Success and Failure: the Use of Civic Capacity to Reform Urban Public Schools in Two U.S. Cities, Nora Neustadt
Department: Urban Studies

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Value of Race: the Effects of African American Presence on Property Values in the City of Philadelphia, Clark Samuel Sheffield
Department: Urban Studies

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2004

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Standing at the Gateway and Hoping to See the Light If You Want to Rule This City You're Gonna Have to Fight!, Brian F. Barnes
Department: Urban Studies

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Higher Education Aspirations: a Comparison of Students in Rural and Urban Areas, Erin Craw
Department: Urban Studies

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Light Rail Transporation Systems in American Cities: a Case of Six Metropolitan Area's Who Considered Light Rail, James Eichstaedt
Department: Urban Studies

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2003

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Philadelphia's Love Park: "All Decks Out and Now Where to Go?" --- an Exploration of Public Space, Situationist Urbanism, and Skateboarding, Nicholas Edman
Department: Urban Studies

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The Effects of Urban Sprawl on Suburban Quality of Life, Vincent A. Franceschelli
Department: Urban Studies

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A Study of Community Development Corporation Policies and Programs in Response to Their Socio-Economic Context, Benjamin W. Mitchell
Department: Urban Studies

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The Effects of GIS on City Planning, Brodie Napaver
Department: Urban Studies

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2002

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We Never Said Nothin' Like That: an Examination of Public Policy, Issue Evolution, and Agenda Setting: a Case Study of the 1996 Ebonics Resolution in Oakland, California, Andrew G. Bonito
Department: Urban Studies

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Spatial Organization and Residential Satisfaction: a Study of How the Spatial Organization of a Suburban Neighborhood and a Planned Unit Development Affect Residential Satisfaction, Nathan A. Zahn
Department: Urban Studies

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2001

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Affliction Among the Affluent: a Case Study of Increasing Conflict as a Result of the Tear-Down Phenomenon, Kevin B. Gray
Department: Urban Studies

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2000

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It's Not that Easy Being Green: Sustainable Development Campaigns Derived from a Community Based Initiative, Kristen E. Hall
Department: Urban Studies

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Cold-Blooded Killers and Misguided Youths: Defining the Gang Issue in Public Policy and Its Effects on Agenda Status and Alternative Specification, Tonda V. Lee
Department: Urban Studies

Senior Independent Study Theses from 1998

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Faith-Based Community Development Organizations: a Study in Social Production and Social Capital, Elizabeth D. Hansburg
Department: Urban Studies

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A Cost, Benefit, and Effectiveness Study of Three Ohio Americorps Programs, William G. Kopka
Department: Urban Studies

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Community Design, Past, Present, and Future: a Case Study of Wooster, Ohio, Dorian Mobley
Department: Urban Studies

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Black Urban Head Start Children: an Ethnographic Perspective on the Importance of Culture in Evaluating Socioemotional Development, Megan H. Schatz
Department: Urban Studies

Senior Independent Study Theses from 1997

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Shooting Bullets Or Blanks? the Use of Strict Gun Control in the War on Crime in U.S. Cities, Douglas R. Banghart
Department: Urban Studies

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Mayoral Leadership: Cleveland 1977-1994, Colin R. Chiles
Department: Urban Studies

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Planned Unit Development and Exclusion: a Case Study of Planned Unit Developments in Summit County, Ohio, Denise M. Drescher
Department: Urban Studies

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Domestic Violence: an Investigation of Structural Causes, Mary J. Fischer
Department: Urban Studies

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Spatial Location and the Needs of Battered Women, Karen Zimmer
Department: Urban Studies

Senior Independent Study Theses from 1996

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Historic Presevation: Examining Whether Renovating Public and Commercial Buildings Is a Profitable Policy that Will Promote the Revitalization of Cleveland's Central City, Kandis D. Anderson
Department: Urban Studies

Senior Independent Study Theses from 1995

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The Success of Alcohol and Drug Treatment Recoverry Programs for Women, Pregnant Women And/Or Women With Children, Amanda R. Carey
Department: Urban Studies

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The Colony of Washington: a Study of the Movement for National Representation for the District of Columbia, William F. Dunn
Department: Urban Studies

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Increasing Access to Public Urban-Oriented Institutions of Higher Education: An Analysis of Political, Institutional, and Economic Variables, Mary Beth Henning

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The Transition of Soho From Industrial to Artist Community: a Debate in Urban Theory, Rasmia W. Kirmani
Department: Urban Studies

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The Dilemma of Low Income Homeownership: Evaluation of the Conventional System of Lending and Presentation of Neighborhood Development Organizations as an Alternative Source, Arthur W. Pearce III
Department: Urban Studies

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Central City Revitalization: the Case of Land-Use Planning and Light Rail Transit Systems, Jonah A. Rees
Department: Urban Studies

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New Households, New Housing, Mary L. Smucker
Department: Urban Studies

Senior Independent Study Theses from 1994

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A Plan to Equalize Public School Funding in the United States, Charles L. Bieler III
Department: Urban Studies

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Growth of the Chicago Loop and the Fate of Peropheral Land-Use: an Urban Land-Use Model, Alfred S. Bryant
Department: Urban Studies

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No Justice, No Peace: the Government's Response to Intense Political Protest an Analysis of the Los Angeles Riots of 1992, Antoinetter C. Dendtler
Department: Urban Studies

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The Negative Externalities Generated by Sprawl: an Examination of Pedestrian Pockets as an Alternative Suburban Design Strategy, Kyle C. Haines
Department: Urban Studies

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Governing the Post-Industrial City: Public-Private Partnerships and Citizen Participation, Bettina Lanyi
Department: Urban Studies

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An Analysis of Departmental Policing Style and Its Implications for Police-Community Relations, Sartia Trawick
Department: Urban Studies

Senior Independent Study Theses from 1993

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School Choice and Inner Cities, Lydia S. Amerson
Department: Urban Studies

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Political Incorportation and Policy Resonsiveness of Minorites in Cleveland, Ohio, Thomas M. Bennett Jr.
Department: Urban Studies

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An Analysis of Ghetto Riots in the Examination of the Relationship of the Press to the Government, Kevin A. Cavanaugh
Department: Urban Studies

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To Work Or Not to Work: a Case Study of the Welfare to Work Issue in Baltimore, Maryland, Eliza R. Culbertson
Department: Urban Studies

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A Qualitative Analysis of Community-Based Anti-Crime Organizations in Cleveland and Pittsburgh, Mark C. DeBree
Department: Urban Studies

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The Soup Kitchen Community Constructing Social Networks for the Homeless in Baltimore and Cleveland, Amy J. Douds
Department: Urban Studies

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Do Real Estate Market Factors and Credit Availablity Effect the Supply of Multifamily Housing, Brian J. Galbraith
Department: Urban Studies

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What Are the Motivational Factors for Developers to Develop Shopping Or Strip-Malls in Suburban as Opposed to Urban Areas, Stuart C. Goldsberry
Department: Urban Studies

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Parents and Teachers: Forces Inflencing Educational and Occupational Pursuits of Inner-City and Suburban School Students, Nicole M. Krantz
Department: Urban Studies

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A Recipe for Rioting: a Comparative Case Study of the Nature of Urban Uprisings in Six Major Cities From 1960-1990, Jeffery P. Langer
Department: Urban Studies

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Policy Implementation and Homelessness, Jeffrey R. Rink
Department: Urban Studies

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The Effects of Athletic Participation on Academic Achievement: a Look at Cleveland South High School, Paul Ruggles
Department: Urban Studies

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The Effect of Fiscal Stress on Mayoral Style and Municipal Union Strength: the Case of Phildelphia, 1962-1993, Carrie M. Stoddard
Department: Urban Studies

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The Effect of State Funding and Expenditure Per Pupil on the Achievement in Public Schools in Ohio, Alfred L. Thompson
Department: Urban Studies

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The Effects of School Desegregation on Levels of Prejudice Among High School Students, Jonathan W. Weidenhamer
Department: Urban Studies

Theses/Dissertations from 1992

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A Qualitative Analysis of the Self-Efficacy of Woman on AFDC Participating in the Program, Cleveland Works, Inc., Tammy L. Brooks

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Women Politicians: What Difference do they Make? A Case Study of Oberlin, Wooster, and Mt. Vernon, Ohio, JoEllen B. Fowler

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Program Effort and Program Success: Convergence in Family Planning Management, Deborah Hirst

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Architectural Design: A Determinant for Neighborhood Success?, Bryan L. McPhail

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The Triggered Community, Jennifer Tyann O'Keefe

Theses/Dissertations from 1991

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The Impact of Transportation Cost Differentials on Center City Poverty: An Analysis of the Interacts between Transportation, Land use, and Poverty, Ann Marshall

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The Hidden Costs of Gentrification: An Assessment of the Costs of Displacement that Accrue to those Forced to move from a Revitalized Neighborhood, Scott MacKeen Palmer

Theses/Dissertations from 1990

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Citizen Perception of Urban Service Delivery and the Response to it in the Form of Exit and Voice, Geoffrey A. Belz

Theses/Dissertations from 1989

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The Effect of Transportation on the Concentration of Pollution, Jeffrey D. Cook

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The Public and Private Benefits of Historic Preservation, Christopher Francis David

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The Small Cities CDBG program: An Assessment of Local Officials' Satisfication with State Administration, Christopher E. Gallagher

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A Study of Cost-Benefit Analysis and the Public-Private Partnership: Toledo Portside Marketplace, Mary Berrett Hunt

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Conditions Affecting Loneliness in the Elderly, Amy Christine McClure

Theses/Dissertations from 1988

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Gentrification and Displacement Within Inner-City Neighborhoods: Does it Cause Integration?, Timothy M. Abrams

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Initial Persistence of Poverty in Rural versus Urban Areas between 1966 and 1976, Kanaya Aradi

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Altruism vs. Selfishness: A Study into the Motivation Patterns Behind Charitable Donations, Heather Lynn Duncan

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The Economic Implications of the Separatist Movement in the Province of Quebec, Gordon S. Finkelstein

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The Cost of Segregation to Metropolitan Blacks within the Cleveland MSA, Susan L. Friedman

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The Politics of Implementing AIDS Programs, Rebecca L. Geiger

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An Investigation of Urbanization's Effects on Socioeconomic Status through the Use of Labor Market and Urbanization Theories, Cathy Hamm

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Neighborhood Attributes as Predictors of Gentrification, Christopher C. Hedges

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Why Welfare Can't Be Removed: A Case Study of Presidents Carter and Reagan, Leslie Hopeman

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The Effect of Federal Spending on Cities between the Years 1980 to 1985, David B. Kintu

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The Causes of Homelessness in Urban Areas, Chanley M. Martin

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Suburban Film Location and New Housing Construction, Beth M. Nardone

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The Determinants of Social Support on Teenage Pregnancy, Jenny C. Potee

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An Analysis of the Significance that Socioeconomic Factors have on the Total Number of Child Abuse Reports in each of the 88 counties in the State of Ohio, Michael Peter Schlessigner

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An Examination of Corruption within the Municipal Government of New York City: 1900-1980, Douglas B. Stewart

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A Case Study of the 1978 Federal Pregnancy Disability/Discrimination Act, Kathleen K. Toth

Theses/Dissertations from 1987

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A Bargain of an Acid Rain Solution, Joseph R. Durham