The focus of this paper is find to answer the overall research question of: do the number of community based assets in a neighborhood dictate its level of physical and social disorder? This paper adopts the theories of Asset Based Community Development, Social Capital, and Broken Windows to produce a theoretical model that looks at this specific relationship. This paper studies the overall research question empirically using a regression model and independent sample means test that compares Cleveland, Ohio and its 36 neighborhoods to one another at a given time in history and over a period time. The empirical findings for this study show that the community based assets do not dictate the level of physical and social disorder in a neighborhood, but the disorder levels dictate the number of assets.


Fitz Gibbon, Heather


Urban Studies


Urban Studies

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Degree Granted

Bachelor of Arts

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Senior Independent Study Thesis



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