City Sterilization and Poverty Management

Examining a Mobility Hub in the “Redevelopment and Enhancement” of Downtown Tallahassee

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  • 1 Texas Tech University
  • | 2 United States Air Force Academy
  • | 3 Florida State University
  • | 4 McKendree University
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People experiencing homelessness use service centers, shelters, missions, and other voluntary organizations to access material resources and social networks. Because these service hubs have a dense array of resources, people sometimes incorporate them into their daily movements around urban space, which results in patterns or tendencies called mobility systems. Drawing on participant observation, document analysis, and spatial analytics via geographic information systems (GIS), we describe the mobility system organized around one homeless services center in Tallahassee, Florida. Moreover, we present a case study of how this homeless services center was moved away from downtown to an upgraded facility to show how city administrators manage homeless mobility systems when they are deemed unsafe for downtown redevelopment. The case supports previous studies that found punitive and supportive strategies are used together, but adds how mobility and “network capital” can be used to evaluate center relocations in the future.

Contributor Notes

Christopher M. McLeod is Assistant Professor of sport management at Texas Tech University. E-mail:

Matthew I. Horner is Deputy Department Head of Physical Education at the United States Air Force Academy. E-mail:

Matthew G. Hawzen is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Sport Management at Florida State University. E-mail:

Mark DiDonato is Assistant Professor of sport management at McKendree University. E-mail:


Interdisciplinary Journal of Mobility Studies