This is a selected list of my publications that might be of interest to readers of this blog.


John R. Ottensmann. The Changing Spatial Structure of American Cities. Lexington, MA: Lexington Books, D.C. Heath, 1975.

John R. Ottensmann. Urban sprawl, land values, and the density of development. Land Economics 53, 4 (November 1977): 389–400.

John R. Ottensmann. Neighborhood heterogeneity within an urban area. Urban Studies 19, 4 (November 1982): 391–395.

John R. Ottensmann. The new central cities: Implications of the new definition of the metropolitan area. Urban Affairs Review 31, 5 (May 1996): 681–691.

John R. Ottensmann, Seth Payton, and Joyce Man. Urban location and housing prices within a hedonic model. Journal of Regional Analysis & Policy 38, 1 (2008): 19–35, at

LUCI (Land Use in Central Indiana) urban simulation model

John R. Ottensmann. LUCI: Land Use in Central Indiana Model and the relationships of public infrastructure to urban development. Public Works, Management & Policy 8, 1 (July 2003): 62–76.

John R. Ottensmann. Accessibility in the luci2 Urban Simulation Model and the importance of accessibility for urban development. In Access to Destinations: Rethinking the Transportation Future, David M Levinson and Kevin J. Krizek, eds. Amsterdam: Elsevier, 2005, pp. 297–324.

John R. Ottensmann. luci2 urban simulation model for generating alternative scenarios. Urban Design and Planning 161, 3 (September 2008): 131–140.

John R. Ottensmann and Don Reitz. luci2, scenarios, and the Hendricks County, Indiana, USA, comprehensive plan. In Future Cities and Regions: Simulation, Scenario and Visioning, Governance and Scales, Liliana Bazzanella, Luca Caneparo, Franco Corsico, and Giuseppe Roccasalva, eds. New York: Springer, 2012, pp. 125–146.

Land use regulation

John R. Ottensmann. Market-based exchanges of rights within a system of performance zoning. Planning and Markets 1, 1 (September 1998), at

John R. Ottensmann. Planning through the exchange of rights under performance zoning. Economic Affairs 25, 4 (December 2005): 40–43.

Urban services

John R. Ottensmann. The spatial dimension in the planning of social services in large cities. Journal of the American Planning Association 47, 2 (April 1981): 167–174.

John R. Ottensmann. Positive discrimination, spatial targeting, and urban policy. Journal of Planning Literature 2, 3 (Summer 1987): 243–261.

John R. Ottensmann. Evaluating equity in service delivery in library branches. Journal of Urban Affairs 16, 2 (Summer, 1994): 109–123.

Accessibility and spatial interaction

John R. Ottensmann. Changes in accessibility to employment in an urban area: Milwaukee, 1927–1963. Professional Geographer 32, 4 (November 1980): 421–430.

John R. Ottensmann. Using a gravity model to predict circulation in a public library system. Library & Information Science Research 17, 4 (Fall 1995): 387–402.

John R. Ottensmann. Partially-constrained gravity models for predicting spatial interaction with elastic demand. Environment & Planning A 29, 6 (June, 1997): 975–988.

John R. Ottensmann and Greg Lindsey. A use-based measure of accessibility to linear features to predict urban trail use. Journal of Transport and Land Use 1, 1 (2008): 41–63, at

Racial change

John R. Ottensmann, David H. Good, and Michael E. Gleeson. The impact of net migration on neighborhood racial composition. Urban Studies 27, 5 (October 1990): 705–716.

John R. Ottensmann and Michael E. Gleeson. The movement of whites and blacks into racially-mixed neighborhoods: Chicago, 1960–1980. Social Science Quarterly 73, 3 (September, 1992): 645–662.

John R. Ottensmann. Requiem for the tipping point hypothesis. Journal of Planning Literature 10, 2 (November 1995): 131–141.


Thomas D. Stucky and John R. Ottensmann. Land use and violent crime. Criminology 47, 4 (November, 2009): 1223–1264.

Thomas D. Stucky, John R. Ottensmann, and Seth B. Payton. The effect of foreclosures on crime in Indianapolis, 2003–2008. Social Science Quarterly 93, 3 (September, 2012): 602–624.

Seth B. Payton, Thomas D. Stucky, and John R. Ottensmann. The spatial extent of the effect of foreclosures on crime. Social Science Research 49 (January, 2015): 288–298.