Date of Award


Degree Type



Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs

First Advisor

Keating, W. Dennis

Subject Headings

Housing -- Missouri -- Kansas City, Housing policy -- Missouri -- Kansas City, City planning -- Missouri -- Kansas City, Cities and towns -- Missouri -- Kansas City -- Growth, urban planning urban studies housing policy spatial analysis GIS multifamily urban growth


Multifamily development patterns remain an overlooked aspect of the research examining urban growth and morphology. This study examines multifamily development patterns in the Kansas City Metropolitan Statistical Area from 1990 to 2010. Additionally, this study examines patterns of multifamily infill in order to determine (1) the growth rate of multifamily development within four infill scenarios, (2) whether high density neighborhoods receive disproportionate amounts of multifamily development, and (3) the rates of development in inner city, inner-ring, and outer-ring neighborhoods. This study found that rates of multifamily development were grew at up to twice the rate of single-family development in certain infill areas. Additionally, it found that multifamily development was dispersed throughout the metropolitan region, with prominent development taking place in inner city, inner-ring, outer-ring, and sprawling areas