People, places, and spaces; how are they connected and what influence do they have on neighborhoods? This paper attempts to quantify these broad concepts into a theoretical framework that addresses the social and physical environments of neighborhoods and considers how, when these are developed together, a declining neighborhood can become viable in an equitable and sustainable manner. Literature by other scholars was reviewed to provide support for the theory and to develop the methodology that was conducted. Three neighborhoods in the City of Pittsburgh were looked at over time to understand the influence social and physical factors may have on the viability of a neighborhood. This case study looks at and draws conclusions about the social and physical aspects of a neighborhood environment as well as other factors such as location and exogenous forces that can influence the sustainable revitalization of inner-city neighborhoods.


Burnell, James


Urban Studies


Urban Studies


neighborhood revitalization, sustainability

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Degree Granted

Bachelor of Arts

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Senior Independent Study Thesis



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