Design-based regulations for manufactured urban infill housing
Runyon, Charles Brent
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Maintaining a “sense of place” involves preserving the cultural, historical, and visual relationships of an area. Gentrification occurs because existing residents cannot find affordable housing. Manufactured houses are the best housing value, but they are excluded from residential neighborhoods due, in part, to their appearance. Zoning which discriminates against this housing type is particularly harmful to and promotes gentrification in lower income neighborhoods. This thesis attempts to prove that inclusionary regulations could be used to ensure compatibly-designed manufactured housing. This thesis considers the factors that contribute to compatibility and uses historic resource surveys of a predominantly African-American, working-class neighborhood to identify characteristic attributes of its historic houses. The attributes are then examined to determine whether a standard manufactured house could be modified to create a compatible design.