The Role of Smart Growth in Residential Location Choice: Heterogeneity of Location Preferences in the Chicago Region

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Abstract

We investigate the role of smart growth in household location choice in the Chicago region, using a discrete choice analysis. In the midst of continued region-wide suburbanization, households tend to move to neighborhoods with rich consumption amenities and high transit access. However, this study does not find evidence that the neighborhood’s physical compactness is a significant location factor. Location preference for compact, mixed-use, and transit-oriented neighborhoods is significantly affected by the life cycle stage and income level, but less influenced by generation and age. Millennial households show strong preference for amenities and transit access only before they marry and have children.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Planning Education and Research
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2021

Keywords

  • consumption amenities
  • location choice
  • millennials
  • smart growth
  • urban form

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Development
  • Urban Studies

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