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Thesis - Open Access

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Master of Science (MS)

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Minnesota Avenue, a commercially zoned strip in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, referred to as an urban arterial by the City Planning Office of major arterial by Harlan Bartholomew and Associates, constitutes the study area. We are concerned in this study with a narrow (eighty feet of right of way, twenty-seven city blocks long) piece of public land and its contact with both private and public parcels of property. Minnesota Avenue in its entirety extends from South Dakota Highway 38 on the north through the approximate center of the city of Sioux Falls joining Interstate 229, a circumferential route on the east and south. All of Minnesota Avenue with its obvious multiple function was considered unwieldy for this study; therefore a segment was selected from West 14th Street on the north to West 4lst Street on the south West 14th Street closely approximates the juncture of Minnesota Avenue with the southwest corner of the central business district. The West 41st Street point constitutes a connection with a main artery moving west toward the only major shopping cluster of any size within the city. The time frame consists of a period from 1923 to the present, with ten-year land use surveys according to commonly used selected major categories. Additional breakdown of the commercial category is obtained by using the 1972 Industrial Classification Index Manual. The advent of the automobile and its effect on the social and economic interactions of people constituted. a logical and significant time span, The methodology will incorporate the use of quantitative data and map landuse charts for an explanation of what has occurred, For purposes of this study, arterial or commercial strip will be treated as being synonymous with ribbon, strip, street, collector, and highway, The justification for this study is based on the premise that what is learned by the analysis of this commercial strip should aid in future projections where existing population distribution and consumer income are comparable, Many of our cities today are horrible examples of business and government decisions predicated on the single criterion of economic efficiency rather than on maximizing the needs of people. The distribution of space of human activity must reflect the needs and desires of society as a whole, not the narrow goals of property owners and investors.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

City planning -- South Dakota -- Sioux Falls

Land use, Urban -- South Dakota -- Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls (S.D.)



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South Dakota State University