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Geography Coursework

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Geography Coursework Christopher-John Hammond Contents page Collection and Selection of Primary and Secondary Data Page 1 Introduction Page 2 House Pricing Page 3-6 Location, Maps and Photos Page 7 Hypothesis Page 8-9 Key Geographical Terms Page 10 Geographical Theory - Shopping Hierarchy Page 11 Geographical Theory - The Burgess Model Page 12-13 Method table Data Presentation Page 14 Hypothesis 1 Page 15 Hitchin Dot and Isoline Map Page 16 Southgate Dot and Isoline Map Page 17 Pedestrian Density Table Page 18 Pedestrian Density Scatter Graph Page 19-20 Spearmans Rank Page 21 Hypothesis 2 Page 22 Hitchin Environmental Quality Table Page 23 Hitchin Environmental Quality Stacked Bar Graph Page 24 Southgate Environmental Quality Table Page 25 Southgate Environmental Quality Stacked Bar Graph Page 26 Hypothesis 3 Page 27 Sphere of Influence Map for Hitchin Page 28 Sphere of Influence Table for Southgate Page 29 Sphere of Influence Graph for Southgate Page 30 Hypothesis 4 Page 31 Land Use Map for Hitchin Page 32 Land Use Map for Southgate Page 33 A Bar Graph to Show Types of Services in Hitchin Page 34 A Bar Graph to Show Types of Services in Southgate Page 35 Questionnaire Tables for Hitchin and Southgate Page 36 Questionnaire Graph for Southgate Page 37 Questionnaire Graph for Southgate Page 38 Questionnaire Graph for Hitchin Page 39 Questionnaire Graph for Hitchin Page 40-41 Display of Questionnaire for Hitchin Page 42-43 Display of Questionnaire for Southgate Analysis, Interpretations and Conclusions Page 44-47 Analysis Page 48-49 Evaluation Page 50-51 Conclusions Page 52 Comparison Page 53 Bibliography Introduction In June 2006, my geography group went on a trip to Hitchin as part of as introduction. Key elements of this topic are land use models, shopping and settlement hierarchy, sphere of influence and traffic, pedestrian survey, environmental survey, questionnaires and vehicle surveys. We had collected these pieces of data to test against hypothesis we made. ...read more.


However there was a population density of 130, 250m north of the town centre. This could be because of the parking area was there, and there were some out of town shoppers using their cars to get to and from Hitchin, going home. There is a high density of people near the CBD because there is more comparison goods sold near there as well as there will be more attractions, this therefore means there are going to be a higher density of people there. Furthermore there is a market place close to the CBD which will furthermore attract people closer to the centre. Southgate station is the CBD of Southgate. I know there are more people near the CBD as I counted 281. I counted the pedestrian density in four different places near the CBD, and all four places had a high pedestrian density. Away from the CBD pedestrian densities consisted of the following figures; 150, 156 and 102. These all way below 200, which was been the lowest pedestrian density close to the CBD. The CBD has such a high density because there is a tube station. Many locals use the tube to get to work; furthermore there is a bus station around the station, making the CBD the most important means of transport. As well as there is only residential areas further out of the CBD, this making it the only attraction in Southgate. The graph has a negative correlation. Therefore the further away from the town centre the number of pedestrians decrease. This is because are all the high order goods sold there, furthermore there is the CBD there making it more attractive, as well as there being a Marks and Spencers for people doing their daily shopping. There were two anomalies in the graph; the first was because this point was the closest to the CBD making it the densest. ...read more.


Also Southgate has a big residential area surrounding it so therefore there are only locals commuting to Southgate. Because those who come to Hitchin aren't locals they use it more as a shopping centre so therefore it doesn't sell convenience items Southgate sells more low order goods than Hitchin. .The land in Southgate is mainly used by commuters and people living locally. This was also proved by use of my questionnaire. I used the question, 'How often do you come to Southgate?',' How often do you come to Hitchin?' Because those who come to Hitchin aren't locals they use it more as a shopping centre so therefore it doesn't sell convenience items. Using the land use map for both Hitchin and Southgate, I compared them to see which shopping place had which types of shops. Southgate had considerable amount more convenience shops. Hitchin is larger and is more of an all day shopping area. This means that it can have more comparison shops and it will keep people interested and attracted. Comparison Similarities between Hitchin and Southgate. Differences between Hitchin and Southgate Both Hitchin and Southgate have more people near the CBD than any where else in the town. In some places, Southgate recorded a higher pedestrian density than Hitchin. This tells me that Southgate is possibly more congested than Hitchin. Both have the same general view that as the further from the CBD you are the pedestrian density decreases. Southgate sells more lower order goods than Hitchin, often known as convenience goods. Such shops as ASDA and Marks and Spencers. In both towns banks and building societies are the most used store/shop. Southgate has a lot of restaurants than Hitchin. And Hitchin has more personal services than Southgate. Both have bus terminals. The environment is of a higher quality in Hitchin than in Southgate. Both have accessible and close by transport links. Hitchin has a wider sphere of influence than Southgate. Both Hitchin and Southgate have churches. Hitchin has a market and pedestrainised areas. ...read more.

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