Mixed-Value/Income Housing: a Study of Attitude-Acceptance Or Rejection, Springfield, Missouri

Date of Graduation

Summer 1996


Master of Science in Geospatial Sciences


Geography, Geology, and Planning

Committee Chair

William Cheek


What is there about the concept of mixed-income housing, that many people reject? This research focuses on a study of selected neighborhoods in the City of Springfield, Missouri. The study will determine the acceptance or rejection of mixed-value or mixed-income housing within an urban area, which neighborhoods are more receptive towards this type of housing, and which are less. The study will also address the concerns and attitudes of developers and real estate people. Literature suggests that single-family housing property owners with moderate to high income are most likely to show unacceptance or disapproval towards mixed-value or mixed-income housing. Areas that are already comprised of mixed-values or mixed-income housing are more receptive. Property values in mixed-value housing neighborhoods do not indicate a decline in value due to the variations in value of the properties. Lower income neighborhoods tend to be more receptive to the concept of mixed-value or mixed-income housing. Throughout this research it has become evident that the critical issue identified is the redefining of the concept of both mixed-income and mixed-value housing. Results derived from this study will provide planners with information that can be used in planning future residential developments. Mixed-income and mixed-housing frequently utilizes higher density land uses, which often require re-zoning or variances.

Subject Categories

Earth Sciences


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