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M.S. (Master of Science)

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Department of Geography


Land use--Illinois--Chicago Metropolitan Area; Airports--Environmental aspects--Illinois--Chicago Metropolitan Area; Airports--Illinois--Chicago Metropolitan Area


Studies have shown that airports are a growing focal point for development within urban areas. Many cities are contemplating building new airports which would allow not only for increased air travel, but for the growing commercial development which takes place nearby. Denver and Pittsburgh have already built new airports and are seen as models for new development. In order to observe the land-use changes which take place as a result of new airport development, one needs only to look at the older suburban airports of major cities. This paper will examine the land use change surrounding the airports located within the six-county Chicago metropolitan area between 1980 and 1990. Data was obtained by quarter-section for areas within a three-mile radius of each airport for the years 1980 and 1990. The total acreage was tabulated for each land use and then percentages were mapped to show how the concentration of land use has changed around each airport between the years 1980 and 1990.


Includes bibliographical references (pages [96]-97)


x, 124 pages




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