Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name




First Advisor

Matthew, Malcolm,


Urban and Regional Planning.



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Population and workforce data were collected for the Detroit area and two of its peripheral cities, Southfield and Troy, over a 40-year period. These data, combined with land use maps, were used to compare the history of the Detroit area to two contemporary models of urban growth, namely those of Hartshorn and Muller (1989) and Erickson (1983). The methods of analysis involved tabulation comparisons, Correlation Analyses and visual comparison of land use maps and histogram charts. The analyses determined that while several similarities existed between the Detroit scenario and the two urban models, there were too many differences to consider either one a 'universal' model of urban growth and development. Additional research concentrated on the changing urban morphologies of the suburban centres. In the "Suggestions for Further Research" section, an alternative non-linear model of urban growth is proposed. This model incorporates several urban variables which are thought to affect the type and direction of growth, such as transportation, communications, economic specialization and the structure of the local economy.Dept. of Geography. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis1994 .B62. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 33-04, page: 1159. Adviser: Malcolm Matthew. Thesis (M.A.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 1994.