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Geography coursework. Finding the central business district

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PLANNING SHEETS Introduction Introduction Beannchar, the Irish name of Bangor, comes from the Old Norse for 'horned bay'. From being a Neolithic settlement to the establishment of the monastic settlement and beyond the shores of Bangor Bay, Bangor had a long history of settlement. Its location in a sheltered bay so close to the Irish Sea established it as a fishing port and harbour. A tower and tower house were built in 1636 as a custom house down at the docks. These are still present today and house a tourist information centre. The sandy beaches at Bangor Bay and nearby Ballyholme Bay later established it as a holiday resort for families to escape the industrialisation of Belfast. The Bangor to Belfast rail line is still one of the busiest lines in Northern Ireland today. My aim is to attempt to delimit the CBD of Bangor. There were many reasons for me to choose Bangor. One reason being that it was big enough to be able to find the CBD. In towns such as Groomsport it wouldn't be possible to find the CBD. Also Bangor was close, and had easy access to the town centre. ...read more.

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Analysis Hypothesis two: As you move away from the C.B.D does the pedestrian density increase? With the isoline map I was trying to prove that pedestrian density would be a lot greater in the C.B.D than outside it. Main Street in particular had the highest density with most of it within the "71+" range. Then as you move out of the C.B.D it changes drastically. On the map, even by the time you've got high street the range has gone from 71+ on Main Street to 25-50. Seacliffe Road was the complete opposite to Main Street; even though the two roads are connected the difference is very clear, as Seacliffe had a very little amount of people. The rings on the map aren't completely circular, and tend to elongate down certain streets. For example my 10-25 line extends down Donaghadee Road and also Abbey Street. Also, the rings for the more dense areas are much smaller than the less dense area rings. Interpretation There are many reasons for higher pedestrian counts in the C.B.D. The shops on Main Street would attract people to come and spend their money, and as their moving to/in between shops they would be counted on our pedestrian density counts. ...read more.

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Another reason may be that there are no car parks on High Street, so anyone wanting to shop on high street would need to go somewhere else to park there cars, this would reduce vehicle densities. Main Street - Main Street had one of the highest vehicle density, out of all the roads we had count points on. Many of them being in the highest sector "61+". The main reason for this probably being that this is where most people go when they're in Bangor, as all the big companies are situated here so increasing vehicle densities. Also with the flagship being here, there is a frequently used car park; people leaving their cars off here would cause the vehicle densities rise. Also, because Main Street is in the centre of Bangor, anyone going from one end of Bangor to the other would tend to use Main Street. Sub Conclusion From the dot distribution map it is very clear that main street is part of the CBD. And also Abbey street would be included, as although it didn't have as many count points, (only two) both were in the 61+ sector, meaning it had the overall highest average out of all the streets. ...read more.

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