Date of Award

8-2015

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Geography and Regional Planning

First Advisor

John E. Benhart, Jr. Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Donald D. Buckwalter, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Joseph W. Bencloski, Ph.D.

Abstract

This study will investigate the relationships between declining occupancy rates at Century III Mall, located in West Mifflin, Pa, and the socioeconomic status of the communities that service the mall. The service area of the mall will be determined through various trade area analysis techniques. A statistical analysis of the neighborhoods that make up the malls service area will indicate which socioeconomic elements are probable predictors of the mall’s decline.

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