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Completion Date

6-1-2010

Advisor

Matthew Kelly

Abstract/Description

Introduction: The Tacoma Business Improvement Area was established in 1988 and is a not-for-profit organization with a 501(c)(4) status (Tacoma BIA, 2010). The boundary encompasses an 84 block radius in the Downtown Tacoma Area including 502 parcels. The BIA is dependent on taxation from business owners within the area, and functions under the direction of a board of directors also known as the Local Development Council (Tacoma BIA, 2010). The organization operates to improve property values, decrease crime, and clean the streets of trash. The overall purpose of this research is to test the hypothesis that the BIA increases property values and compare the results to areas directly outside of the boundary.

How the Tacoma Business Improvement Area Shapes Urban Space

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