Geography Coursework - Introduction - Centre Of Leeds' CBD
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[Year] Geography coursework The aim of my geography project is to find the economic centre of the CBD of Leeds (i.e. the area of highest value in the CBD of Leeds). First of all - what is a CBD? A CBD (central business district) is an area that dominates the commercial and cultural activity in a city. The CBD is normally found in the centre of a settlement where you can find a range of simple shops from cinemas, jewellers, department stores (e.g. Debenhams), offices, public buildings e.t.c, also this is the area of a town/city where businesses like to set up as it is the most accessible part of the settlement. In the beginning, Leeds began as a Saxon village. By the time of the Domesday Book (1086) it had a population of around 200. Then in 1207 the Lord of the Manor, Maurice De Gant, founded a new town in Leeds. At that time trade and commerce were increasing in England and many new towns were being founded The Lord of the Manor created a new street of houses west of the existing village. He divided the land into plots for building. The new street was probably called Bridge Gata (gata is an old word for street). And throughout time the Bridge Gate changed its name to Briggate. In the middle Ages fairs were like markets but they were held only once a year.
There are five zones with the CBD as the centre zone of the city. The inner zone is the CBD and this is where the price of land is highest in the city/town and is dominated by commercial and retailing buildings. Then just outside the CBD it's where all the disused factories or buildings are, it is normally known as the brown field site also it is now usually in a state of decline or transition. In Leeds, the area has been redeveloped in some parts e.g. along rive Aire as there are lots of flats and offices replacing the old brown field site. Outside the disused factories and buildings is the old inner city area, where there is low class residential as there are lots of council estates and this is where the factory workers used to live in the early 20th century. Outside the inner city area is the inter-war period and this was when semi-detached housing was built and they normally have gardens with the housing and are normally on large estates. There is also a high concentration of council owned housing and the furthest area from the CBD is the modern suburbs, this is where there is private, high quality housing with large gardens and garages also they can contain a commuter zone which is at the very edge of the city. I think this is in some cases a good model as the zones are in the right places of a CBD but all the zones are not circular.
and in zone a there is high quality residential property unlike zone b where there is poor residential and lots of industry. Leeds CBD is a very good one to study about because it is big and a variety of shops, offices, public buildings, retail/department stores e.t.c and is more challenging to find the centre of a CBD like Leeds rather than the CBD of a smaller town like Keighley where it would be easy to find the centre of the smaller CBD. Also as I live in Leeds I can revisit Leeds and gather more data but Keighleys CBD is further away and is harder and longer to get access to Also finding the centre of the CBD is not just more challenging than delimiting the CBD but it is more fun finding the centre of the CBD rather than delimiting the CBD as the pedestrian flows and traffic counts will be much more less delimiting Leeds CBD than in the centre of the CBD as more people work in the center of the CBD of Leeds and most people go near the centre of the CBD for their work then near or in the frame of Leeds CBD. I am also going to produce land use maps which will make my investigation easier to find the centre of the CBD of Leeds and the height of buildings is taller near the centre of the CBD and the height will decrease as they go away from the centre of the CBD.
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This is a good introduction but prone to waffling at times. It incorporates appropriate models and gives a good overview of the key themes for this project. However, there is some repetition and it is very long for an introduction.
Marked by teacher Molly Reynolds 20/08/2013
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