Journal of Urban and Regional Analysis

Volume 5, Number 1, 2013


Huston GIBSON, Mathew BECKER  


Smart Growth and the Challenge of Nimby: Multifamily Dwellings and their Association with Single-family House Selling Prices in Tallahassee, Florida, USA 



Citizens protest development when they consider it undesirable. One type of development commonly perceived as undesirable by single-family home owners is proximate multifamily housing, often considered a cause of property devaluation. This study assesses multifamily housing, by typology, and its monetary association with proximate single-family housing prices. The research design is a cross-sectional study using multivariate regression. The unit of analysis is the detached single-family dwelling. The study population is a sample taken from all arms-length owner-occupied, primary residence, detached single-family property transactions recorded in Tallahassee-Leon County, Florida, USA, during 2008. The key findings show no statistically significant negative associations between multifamily housing and single-family property selling prices in the sample; in fact, the two were positively correlated. These findings address single-family homeowner concerns about proximate multifamily housing and should bolster the political feasibility of Smart Growth policy, which recommends denser urban infill.


Key Words: housing, land use, smart growth, neighborhood perception.


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