Chloe Thomasian

Document Type

Honors Thesis


The city of Arlington, Texas has spent 1.1 billion dollars of tax payer money towards the construction of three major sports stadiums from 1994 until 2020. Based on data on average apartment size and construction costs, this work demonstrates how the amount of public funding invested into Arlington’s sports stadiums could have been spent to develop about 13,000 apartment units instead. These units, whether public housing, student dormitories, or both, would help central Arlington to become a denser and therefore more walkable urban landscape. Furthermore, the investigation shows that four story apartment buildings could accommodate the total amount of units if built upon vacant land, as well as on top of major parking lots. Downtown Arlington could have been transformed into a role model for an American college town emphasizing an education rather than entertainment city.

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