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Reinemann, Martin W.||Parson, Ruben L.

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M.S. (Master of Science)

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Department of Earth Science


City planning--Illinois--Riverside


Riverside, Illinois is a suburb of Chicago located nine miles west of Chicago's loop. The purpose of this paper is to examine the residential land patterns of Riverside, and to show the relationships of a number of residential characteristics to the existing residential patterns. Four criteria were used in this study to establish residential characteristics. They are: (1) type and size of dwelling. (2) age of dwelling, (3) quality of dwelling, and (4) value of house and property. These four components were observed and mapped in a house-by-house field survey made by the writer. The findings were recorded on a base map of Riverside; and from it four individual maps were then made. The information obtained by analyzing the maps was then utilized to show certain residential patterns or the absence of patterns in Riverside. One of the most significant residential patterns noted was that the older houses (built before 1900) were situated in three choice locations: (1) near to the central business district, (2) adjacent to the beautiful village parks, and (3) along certain stretches of the Des Plaines River. The dwellings erected later were built on land at the periphery of the village, or on land that was interspersed among pre-existing residence. The consequence has been a heterogeneity of architectural types in many areas, with new houses of modern design standing next to large frame residences characteristic of another era. Small, inexpensive houses or high quality apartment buildings have recently been constructed in the remaining, less desirable residential arears that front on busy streets or adjoin the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad right-of-way.


Includes bibliographical references.||Includes illustrations and maps.


58 pages




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