Graduate Theses

Date of Award


Document Type

Research Project Report

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



Supervisory Committee Chair

Clarence D. Kron, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

H. Warren Gardner, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Robert C. Rhodes, Ph.D.


The economic development of the city of Odessa flourished when oil was discovered in the Permian Basin. Oil field service businesses opened which provided jobs for the educated as well as for the uneducated. These available jobs encouraged people to move to Odessa. In 1958, Pease Elementary was built. The area around the school was being developed by local developers. The city grew to the east which decreased development in west Odessa. There have been no significant residential developments in the Pease neighborhood since 1981. This neighborhood has basically been unchanged for ten years. During this time the properties have increased only slightly in value, and some have even decreased creating a housing market for low-income families, and creating a racially balanced neighborhood. The demographics indicate that, in the next ten years. Pease will have approximately a fifty percent minority population.



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