A land use study of Sterling, Illinois
Baither, Robert Charles
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Sterling, Illinois, a city with more than 16,000 people, possessed no land use map in 1966. The purpose of this thesis was to provide the map and to analyze the land use of Sterling with the hope that some information uncovered would be of value to city planning. Base maps were obtained. Land use data for transfer to these maps was recorded for each parcel of land within the city limits. This was done by personally observing the entire city's area. Interviews were conducted with persons involved in city development and manufacturing. The history of Sterling was studied. A comparison of Sterling's land use with that of other cities was completed. The analysis of the combination of procedures resulted in certain conclusions. Most land use patterns in Sterling are greatly influenced by the town's location along the Rock River. Growth of the city is predicted to be most rapid in a northerly direction because of a low-quality housing problem to the west and a transportation bottleneck in the east. The downtown business community is healthy, partly because of convenient access, a fortunate historic relationship to its twin city of Rock Falls, and civic-minded, energetic businessmen. A need was noted for highway planning in the vicinity of the northern city limits in order to facilitate east-west transportation and encourage business growth in that area.