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"Do houses decline in age and increase in size style price and men environmental quality as one moves out from the central business district of hove."

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GCSE HOVE STUDY "Do houses decline in age and increase in size style price and men environmental quality as one moves out from the central business district of hove." We are aiming to find out if houses become more sparse, modern , larger and increase in individuality with larger surrounding land, as we move further away from the Central Business District (CBD) We will be noting damage to property, vandalism and factors which affect quality of life as well as the house prices and recording the inevitable rises as we walk along our transect line: from the tightly packed Victorian terraces adjacent to the CBD out towards the suburban outskirts of Hove. A few Geographers have tried to put this urban growth pattern into perspective. A geographical pioneer named Burgess, after studying Chicago, illustrated a possible theory. Burgess' Model Burgess' theory was of a concentrically structured pattern to housing and business structures to a city. The fact that land values are at their peek towards the inner city and CBD and decrease out towards the medium class housing and suburbia became the basis for his model. He stated that towns grow outwards in a concentric fashion with old high rise office blocks and modernised shopping centres in the centre where the town originally started centuries ago, with rings of land use zones forming ever increasing diametrically from, firstly, the CBD. The next ring is often wholesale light manufacturing, containing education facilities, museums, libraries, cinemas and general indoor amenities. ...read more.

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We recorded any parking meters as this is an indicator of population density and efficiency of public transport in the area. I tried to talk to as many people as possible to find out about the current state of the neighbourhood, something which the housing and streets may not show. I was also putting time towards observing lichen on the lampposts and trees, lichen can only be sustained in high purity of air and so is a good indicator of air pollution. Area D- Livingston Road In this area I observed closely packed 1860's Victorian housing, a lot of it being gentrified; houses bought, renovated and sold. Planning restrictions and conservation laws do not seem to apply in this area, and there is a lot of individuality in the renovation of the housing. Older gentrified houses sport weather boarding and newer houses have had double glazing installed and loft conversions. This is a worthy investment as a lot of profit can be made and put towards a nicer house. Prices in this area are at about 120- 150,000. Some of the smaller businesses such as a fish and chip shop are being converted into housing, as of the high demand due to the streets location near the CBD and Hove Station. After talking to labour workers I found out that this shop was burned down by vandals but instead of being rebuilt is being turned into housing. I have observed poor quality and conditioned cars suggesting a low income area. ...read more.

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Area B- Bishops Road In this survey point at Bishops road the houses are all detached, and of a substantial, comfortable family size, each one vastly differing in style than the next. A typical house here would have 5 beds and would be priced at �300- 400,000. There appears to be a loose mock Tudor/ 1930's chalet style theme running through the properties of this Hove district. 100 or so years ago this area was all countryside where rich landowners bought a plot of land to be used to build a property on, hence the individuality of the buildings. Properties in this area have all been gentrified, double glazing, burglar alarms, and loft conversions are to be seen on every house. Every house has a driveway, frequently used to park 2 or more cars. (In the 1950's cars were becoming more popular especially with the rich) The roads are wide, indeed cars can park on either side of the road and have enough room for 2 fairly modest lanes. The streets feel safe with Neighbourhood Watch stickers commonplace. Very little litter and a pleasant atmosphere make this place ideal for a more quiet person seeking to escape the busy town. Recreational areas, parks and playgrounds are always nearby with relatively little traffic. Having said this locals may inform you that the arrival of Hove rugby club 2 years ago brings slight congestion as drivers frequently use these roads as a "rat run" from Dyke Road. Bishops Road is a very quiet road with strong evidence of wealth in the housing size, garden size and car numbers/ quality. My index of decay has charted any immediate structural damage. ...read more.

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