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Do people have different perceptions of districts within a city and does this influence where they would prefer to live?

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GEOGRAPHY COURSEWORK Full Name: Sarah Elizabeth King Date of Birth: 15/1/87 Candidate Number: Name of School: Gowerton School Centre Number: Study Title: Do people have different perceptions of districts within a city and does this influence where they would prefer to live? I declare that this individual study for the GCSE Geography examination of 2003 is my own work. It was produced without external assistance and is acceptable under the WJEC regulations. Signed _____________________ Contents Page Introduction Prediction 3 Data collection Primary data 3 Secondary data 4 Problems encountered 4 Data Representation and Analysis Table 1 - Most and Least preferred areas 5 Table 2 - Rank of areas in preference order 6 Map 1 choropleth map - most preferred areas 6a Photographs - most preferred areas 6b Map 2 choropleth map - least preferred areas 6c Photographs -least preferred areas 6d Map 3 choropleth map - house prices 6e Map 4 choropleth map - house sizes 6f Table 3 - location of respondents 7 Description of maps 7 Flow map of location of respondents 8 Graph 1 - scatter graph preference/overcrowding 8a Spearman rank preference/overcrowding 9 Graph 2 - scatter graph preference/house prices 9a Spearman rank preference/house prices 10 Conclusion and Evaluation 11 Appendices (i) Location of questionnaire survey (ii) Booking sheet (iii) Map of 30 residential areas (iv) 1981 and 1991 census for Swansea Geography Coursework Investigation By Sarah King 10LW Introduction The purpose of my investigation is to investigate whether people have different perceptions of districts within Swansea and whether these perceptions influence where they would prefer to live. ...read more.

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to least preferred (rank 30) RANKING RESIDENTIAL AREA 1 Mumbles 2 Langland 3 Mayals 4 Sketty 5 Uplands 6 Killay 7 West Cross 8 Bishopston 9 Newton 10 Brynmill 11 Tycoch 12 Cockett 13 Dunvant 14 Derwen Fawr 15 Manselton 16 Hafod 16 Marina 18 Morriston 19 Winchwen 20 Treboeth 21 Llansamlet 22 Clase 23 Landore 24 Fforestfach 25 St Thomas 26 Townhill 26 Portmead 28 Port Tennant 29 Penlan 30 Bonymaen Table 3 - A tally chart to show the residential location of the 90 people questioned RESIDENTIAL LOCATION NUMBER OF RESPONDENTS Mount Pleasant 4 Killay 2 Uplands 5 Mayhill 3 Birch Grove 1 Tycoch 4 Sketty 6 Rhossili 1 Brynmill 2 Langland 3 Mayals 2 Llansamlet 3 Brynhyfryd 1 Haford 1 Gowerton 1 Wuanarlwydd 4 Penclawdd 1 Pontlliw 2 Mumbles 6 Newton 4 Crofty 1 Port Talbot 2 Dunvant 1 Morriston 5 Choropleth maps were used to show: the areas people would most like to live in Swansea (Map 1); the areas people would least like to live (Map 2); house prices in Swansea for 2002 (Map 3); and house sizes in Swansea (Map 4). Areas people would most like to live in Swansea (Map 1) This map shows a clear pattern, with the most desirable houses located in the south and west of the city, with scores of over 20 points. There is one exception, Morriston, which lies to the north of the city and has a score of over 20 points. Areas people would least like to live (Map 2) This map shows a pattern of the least desirable houses located in the central and eastern parts of the city, where the scores were over 40 points. ...read more.

Conclusion

These results show an east west divide in the city with the western residential districts more desirable, more expensive and with larger houses. The reasons for this preference could be partly explained because of the south westerly prevailing winds that would blow pollution over to the east side of the city. As a result eastern parts of Swansea would be the least desirable with the poorest environmental quality, location of industry and location of workers' housing. This study could be improved by investigating how people's perceptions vary according to their age, gender, ethnicity and where they were brought up. Additional questions could have been asked to help explain why people have a preference for certain areas or dislike others. For example people could have been asked to name two things that they like most about the areas they prefer and two things they like least about the areas they dislike. Even more interesting would be to ask them to rank areas according to particular qualities such as beauty, cleanliness, quietness, friendliness and accessibility. In addition an environmental survey could be done of the most desirable and least desirable areas to see how important the quality of the environment is in influencing people's perceptions. The study could also be repeated after a given period of time has passed to see if people's perceptions change as some areas of the city decline and other parts are improved. For example at one time the South Dock area of Swansea was a very run down area and it has been improved through urban regeneration programmes. It now contains Swansea's Marina and some high-grade housing. People's perception of this area may change over time as a result. APPENDICES ?? ?? ?? ?? 7 1 1 1 ...read more.

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