University of Michigan Gateway Ford School

Renovate or Relocate? An Assessment of Local School Board Decision-Making and Sprawl in Michigan

Richard Norton, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning

Professor Norton received CLOSUP funding for this project to local school board decision-making and sprawl in Michigan.

Abstract:
Sprawling land use is an issue of concern in Michigan. One important aspect of the debate involves the question of whether new exurban schools cause sprawl. Yet virtually all of the research on this issue has been conducted by public interest advocacy gropus, and much of the analysis has been anecdotal. This project will continue and complement a recently conducted case study analysis designed to address the preliminary question of what factors lead a school board to relocate rather than renovate. The project will entail conducting a web-based survey of school board superintendents across the State of Michigan.

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