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"What is the background of the two chosen study sites, in relation to answering my hypothesis?"

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Geography fieldwork coursework KEY QUESTION ONE: "What is the background of the two chosen study sites, in relation to answering my hypothesis?" Introduction The hypothesis in which we must prove, or disprove, is that the quality of life at the Boardwalk in the Docklands is better than at Churchill Gardens in Pimlico. Whereas I can base this coursework purely on my perceptions on what a 'good' quality of life is, there are a number of factors we must take in to consideration before we explore this hypothesis any further. Firstly, we must analyse the term quality of life. The quality of life is defined as "the product of the interplay among social, health, economic and environmental conditions which affect human and social development." For instance, a 25 year old businessman or woman will require amenities based on his or hers occupation. Therefore, brilliant transport links, a home in close proximity to the office and an array of services are, in essence, basic amenities for this particular instance. By contrast, an OAP (old aged pensioner) ...read more.

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Perceptively, this has decreased since the last census was published (2000). There are also many ways to measure the quality of life. GDP (Gross Domestic Produce) is the most popular measurement of quality of life. An increasing Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is said to represent well-being and thus depicts an improvement in the quality of life. However, this is not wholly accurate, as this does not measure any other factors that contribute to a 'good' or 'poor' quality of life. More specifically, social measurements such as amount of hospitals per km sq, population density and how 'clean' the air is and economic measurements such as percentage of residents unemployed in the area in question can also be used to good effect, to measure, not accurately, but adequately, the quality of life. To measure the quality of life, its constraints and how it affects the inhabitants of the area in the Boardwalk and Pimlico, we used a variety of fieldwork techniques to come to a conclusion. (See methodology table - Section 2). ...read more.

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However a series of changes in the mid-twentieth century (many due to improvements in Technology) had left the docks effectively abandoned and derelict. By 1981, larger ships could no longer reach the port of London. Dockers became unemployed due to containerisation. As a result, the area suffered high rates of crime, houses had become derelict and transport links were extremely poor. Thus many changes such as bringing financial and 'hit-tech' firms in to the area, improving transport links (introducing the DLR) and creating 200,000 homes helped to increase the socio-economic status of East London and bring Canary Wharf to the forefront of world finance. Location Only a river crossing from the Dome, the Boardwalk is an exclusive area set within Poplar Docks. It is close to the Tower of London and Burmondsey, as shown on fig.1. Extensive transport links including the DLR and bus route numbers 15, 23 and 6 are close by. Fig. 4 entitled annotated map of Boardwalk and nearby areas, however, shows a distinct lack of amenities and services. Fig. 5 entitled the location of the Boardwalk and roads in its proximity show that although there are extensive transport links, noise pollution could be a problem for nearby residents. ...read more.

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