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, Volume 34, Issue 2, pp 255-274

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Transportation and land-use preferences and residents’ neighborhood choices: the sufficiency of compact development in the Atlanta region

  • Jonathan LevineAffiliated withUrban and Regional Planning Program, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, The University of Michigan
  • , Lawrence D. FrankAffiliated withSchool of Community and Regional Planning, University of British Columbia Email author 

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This paper analyzes the transportation and land-use preference and actual neighborhood choices of a sample of 1,455 residents of metro Atlanta. We develop a stated-preference scale on which desires for neighborhood type are gauged, from preferences for low-density, auto-oriented environments to desires for compact, walkable, and transit-oriented neighborhoods. This scale is then related to desires for change in one’s own neighborhood characteristics after a hypothetical move. If all neighborhood preferences were equally likely to be satisfied, then neighborhood preferences would not be correlated with a desire for change. By contrast, in the current study, stronger preferences for a more walkable environment are associated with greater desire for change in one’s neighborhood characteristics. This suggests an undersupply of compact, walkable, and transit-friendly neighborhood types relative to current demand.


Zoning Land-use regulation Stated preference Residential choice Smart growth Compact development