Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name




First Advisor

Phipps, Alan G.,






Residential intensification refers to the house alterations ranging from adding dwelling units to existing dwellings, to constructing new infill dwellings on vacant lots. Intensification is conceptualized within a broader theory of neighbourhood life cycle and renewal, as it is closely related to other private reinvestment processes such as rehabilitation, incumbent upgrading, gentrification (de-intensification), and redevelopment. In a general model of the causes of inner city neighbourhood change, societal shifts in the economic, demographic, cultural and governmental spheres are related to the different forms of neighbourhood reinvestment or disinvestment. Varying combinations of these shifts are hypothesized to result in different forms of inner city residential change, ranging from abandonment through to redevelopment. This study focuses on those combinations producing residential intensification, and it tests hypotheses from the model for Windsor and Owen Sound, Ontario. One-hundred-and-fifty-one owner-occupiers and absentee landlords in Windsor, and 200 in Owen Sound, responded to a survey which measured their current and future-planned levels of house alterations in older urban neighbourhoods. Logit analyses are utilized to test the general applicability of the conceptual model. The conclusion is that these individuals intensified their housing, or not, in these two cities as responses to subsets of the economic and the cultural societal shifts identified in the conceptual model.Dept. of Geography. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis1993 .B76. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 32-06, page: 1545. Adviser: Alan G. Phipps. Thesis (M.A.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 1993.