ESLARP East St. Louis Action Research Project
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Sanitation Code Violation in East St. Louis

Conclusion

The major effect on sanitation code violations was proximity to major roads, especially King Dr. and couple of other major routes. This factor has more significance than the land use or the population density. Secondly, most violations occurred around housing land uses which are dilapidated and viable ad viable has more violation on it. I believe that this could be explained by the lesser population densities generally has less dumping. In fact, most violations were excessive amounts of regular household trash, seemingly justifying this trend towards areas of greater populations.

The variation in sanitation code violations and the need to aggregate the data made this project as a particularly difficult study. Detailed information at the parcel level was available, but for my scope of study aggregation was required. However, the original data is still existing if someone can deal with this on a more detailed basis. Another problem with this project is that doubts about original data, even though I was ensured that the data was collected in a most systematic way. It is clear to me that sanitation matters are a very subjective issue and the criteria or standards for data collection should be clarified.

Summary Table

criteria land area
(sq. mi.)
violations violation
/area
# of blocks violations
/block
as % of entire difference from 1 significance
whole study area 304,508,216 536 1.760 183 2.929 1.000 1 no
violating blocks 64,870,407 536 8.263 183 2.929 4.694 3.694 yes
exit (1/4 mi) 104,047,812 193 1.855 73 2.644 1.054 0.054 no
major roads (1/4 mi) 9,819,599 147 14.970 148 0.993 8.505 7.505 yes
major roads (1/8 mi) 47,716,626 275 5.763 111 2.477 3.274 2.274 yes
viable housing 70,240,155 295 4.200 90 3.278 2.386 1.386 yes
dilapidated housing 30,350,660 70 2.306 26 2.692 1.310 0.310 yes
industrial 36,329,979 46 1.266 18 2.556 0.719 -0.281 no
vacant land 159,441,113 90 0.564 39 2.308 0.321 -0.679 yes
commercial 18,324,226 35 1.910 10 3.500 1.085 0.085 no

Document author : Yong Wook Kim, Jason Steffensen
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Last modified: May 16, 1997


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