Date of Award

Spring 2015

Thesis Type

Open Access

Degree Name

Honors Bachelor of Arts


Political Science


Dr. Richard Foglesong

Committee Member

Dr. Don Davison

Committee Member

Dr. Julia Maskivker


How do cities find the path to sustainable development policy when confronted with constituent opposition? To address this dilemma, a case study of a small, land-locked city in Central Florida was conducted, whose long battle with sustainable development has been, at times, both successful and unsuccessful. Winter Park provides an excellent backdrop for studying which political correlates are requisite for the successful execution of growth policy. This study explores three sustainable development initiatives in Winter Park: (a) light rail, (b) SunRail, and (c) transit-oriented development. The researcher conducted an analysis of both archival research and structured interviews with local elected officials, key players, and fact experts. This study seeks to analyze the efficacy of electoral politics, explain why attitudes have changed over time, and determine how to make the political climate in Winter Park more conducive to sustainable growth and development.

Rights Holder

Ariella Lvov