ERIC Number: ED235261
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: 0
Neighborhood Change: Theories, Realities, Prospects.
This study of one neighborhood stabilization effort is based on interviews with 312 residents of an Akron (Ohio) neighborhood which changed from 11 percent to 57 percent black in the past decade. The results of the survey of residents' concerns in this racially changing neighborhood confirmed Hunter's theory that organizations (in this case, The West Side Neighbors) can create a sense of community when none exists in transitional neighborhoods. Three indexes, not previously linked, indicated facility use, neighboring, and neighborhood satisfaction. The data were analyzed qualitatively as well as quantitatively. Though facility use showed a decline by white residents, neighboring and satisfaction levels were high. Two theoretical explanations of these high levels are a model of resident types, and an empirically validated link between knowledge of the neighborhood organization and perceptions of the neighborhood's future. It is concluded that more than the work of a neighborhood stabilization organization is needed to maintain an integrated urban neighborhood, and a comprehensive strategy for achieving stabilization in such areas is outlined. (Author/CMG)
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Community Change, Community Organizations, Desegregation Methods, Maintenance, Models, Neighborhood Integration, Racial Attitudes
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Hunter (Albert); Ohio (Akron)
Note: Earlier version of paper presented at the Annual Meetings of the North Central Sociological Association (Akron, OH, 1981). Research assisted by a faculty research grant from the Research Office of Kent State University.