Of the thesis entitled: Transit-Oriented-micro-Development: Small Marketplaces for Maryvale, Phoenix, Arizona
Unfortunately, as the developments attract new residents and visitors to the city centre, property costs increase threatening the displacement of the city’s lower income population, a demographic most dependant and therefore most able to benefit from improvements to the transit system. With developments and improvements concentrated along the thin central line, the vast majority of Phoenix residents are unable to benefit from these changes including many of its inner city communities that are home to its most marginalized and underserved residents who are most dependant on public transportation.
Beyond the limitations of the public transport system, recent immigration legislation in Arizona has also greatly affected the everyday circumstances of some of Phoenix’s most underserved communities. While the policies enforce increased surveillance of undocumented migrants, they are criticized for their potential to simultaneously racially profile those of Latin American ethnicity. This has created an atmosphere of fear for both migrants and Latin Americans to the extent that many evade public space and thus only exist in the shadows, hidden and invisible from normal, typical, everyday life.
This thesis examines the potential of transit and its associated development in benefitting its most underserved and undervalued patrons – minorities of income, ethnicity, and status. From examining embedded issues including designing in the suburbs, micro retail environments, ethnic enclaves, visibility and anonymity, the thesis proposes the transit-oriented-micro-development, small marketplaces that can benefit the marginalized in Maryvale, Phoenix, Arizona.
Adrian Blackwell, University of Waterloo
Anne Bordeleau, University of Waterloo
Donald McKay, University of Waterloo
Gaston Soucy, SUMO
The committee has been approved as authorized by the Graduate Studies Committee.
The Defence Examination will take place:
Tuesday April 5, 2016
A copy of the thesis is available for perusal in ARC 2106A.
7 Melville Street South
Cambridge, ON N1S 2H4