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Cultural and recreational centers: how they influence where housing is built

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Fedoryshyn, Christopher

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2008

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In: LeBlanc, Cherie; Vogt, Christine, comps. Proceedings of the 2007 northeastern recreation research symposium; 2007 April 15-17; Bolton Landing, NY. Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-P-23. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station: 84-90.

Abstract

Known for its cultural attractions, extensive recreational activities, and intrinsic natural beauty, Berkshire County on the western edge of Massachusetts, has seen a housing boom in recent years. This paper examines whether the cultural attractions in Berkshire County have had a significant effect on the location of new single-family residential development, using building permit issuances by each municipality as a proxy variable for new development. The study also designates three localities as cultural centers, assigning one center per geographic subregion. One hypothesis of the research is that new development is heaviest in the communities surrounding the cultural centers and radiates outward. The regression results indicate there is a significant relationship between a shorter driving time to the center and the amount of permits issued. Additionally, the southern subregion appears to be preferred for new construction.

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Fedoryshyn, Christopher. 2008. Cultural and recreational centers: how they influence where housing is built. In: LeBlanc, Cherie; Vogt, Christine, comps. Proceedings of the 2007 northeastern recreation research symposium; 2007 April 15-17; Bolton Landing, NY. Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-P-23. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station: 84-90.

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