Economic and social sustainability of sidewalk infrastructure

dc.contributor.advisor Guensler, Randall L.
dc.contributor.author Patel, Deep
dc.contributor.committeeMember Rodgers, Michael O.
dc.contributor.committeeMember Welch, Timothy
dc.contributor.department City and Regional Planning/Civil & Environmental Engineering (Dual Degree)
dc.date.accessioned 2020-01-14T14:45:18Z
dc.date.available 2020-01-14T14:45:18Z
dc.date.created 2019-12
dc.date.issued 2019-08-27
dc.date.submitted December 2019
dc.date.updated 2020-01-14T14:45:18Z
dc.description.abstract The presence of sidewalks and quality of sidewalk infrastructure are important indicators of perceived pedestrian safety and the walkability of neighborhoods. However, a wide gap exists between the accessibility and quality of infrastructure provided for pedestrians compared to the infrastructure provided for motorized vehicles. While there may be numerous reasons for poor quality of pedestrian infrastructure across cities and neighborhoods, one of the main reasons is the lack of sustained operation and maintenance programs among these local government agencies. This study outlines an approach to quantify sidewalk infrastructure costs over an 80-year life cycle period. Equivalent annual costs for three different scenarios are allocated in part directly to property owners, with the remaining costs in each scenario recovered over time through an equivalent increase in property tax millage rates. The four sidewalk management scenarios are then examined in more detail to assess how implementation may differentially impact Atlanta’s 244 neighborhoods and their residents across income and ethnicity groups. The two somewhat surprising findings of the study are: 1) even though sidewalk infrastructure may have a lifespan of more than 40-years, the costs of owning and operating this infrastructure over an 80-year period with replacement are high; and 2) low income neighborhoods are negatively impacted when portions of sidewalk infrastructure management costs are allocated directly to property owners, rather than handling sustainable management through traditional property tax assessment methods.
dc.description.degree M.S.
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dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1853/62275
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher Georgia Institute of Technology
dc.subject Sidewalks
dc.subject Pedestrian infrastructure
dc.subject Sustainable asset management
dc.subject Transportation equity
dc.title Economic and social sustainability of sidewalk infrastructure
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dc.type.genre Thesis
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local.contributor.advisor Guensler, Randall L.
local.contributor.corporatename College of Design
local.contributor.corporatename School of City and Regional Planning
local.contributor.corporatename School of Civil and Environmental Engineering
local.contributor.corporatename College of Engineering
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