Community Planning, Semester 1

This project first analyzes the urban history of Dothan, Alabama in a spatial context including the critical events that shaped the city and its economy. Projects were presented to a panel of Dothan officials including the mayor and the planning department. GIS analysis concluded with a figure-ground map of neighborhood form over time and building permit data show showing construction activity decade by decade.
Part two was concept planning a proposal to the city. I formed a series of short and long term interventions to attract what Richard Florida calls the creative class. The key problem facing Dothan is the demographics: it is a retirement destination and young people are leaving for more vibrant cities in the Southeast such as nearby Atlanta.
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