Geographical Patterns of Urban Residential Development

Part of the The GeoJournal Library book series (GEJL, volume 70)


In an urbanized environment, the geographical pattern of residential development is a complex phenomenon to model quantitatively. This is because it is a comprehensive and dynamic phenomenon that involves a wide spectrum of social, economic, cultural, and geographical variables. Conventional approaches to studying this phenomenon have been focusing on using one or just a few variables, while holding others constant, to obtain a sketchy impression of how the development of urban residential land use has changed over space and in time. Some examples can be found in Morcombe (1984), Donovan and Neiman (1993), Hitt (1994), Fulford (1996), Fader (2000), and Levia and Page (2000). As such, results from the research and literature on this topic offer only partial understandings of how urban residential lands develop geographically and temporally. For practical application, we would need to develop integrated models with definable quantitative measures.


Geographic Information System Urban Sprawl Random Pattern Urban Form Residential Land 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jay Lee
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  1. 1.Department of GeographyKent State UniversityKentUSA

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