Date of Award

Spring 2012

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Sociology, Interdisciplinary: Urban Studies

First Advisor

Xiangming Chen

Second Advisor

Stephen Valocchi


Using quantitative analysis techniques in GIS and SPSS this piece analyzes property assessment data from Rochester, NY dating back to 1990. These values are compared to the City's economic development project sites, and cluster and regression analyses were conducted to measure the effect of proximity. The evaluations held mixed results, and further study is required to prove that proximity to a project site has a positive influence on property values. Nonetheless, the study shows some evidence to support this hypothesis and notes important geographical phenomena.


Much rougher piece than I wanted to produce, but ran out of time due to some data issues. ~Henry Fitts

Senior thesis completed at Trinity College for the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, Interdisciplinary: Urban Studies