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Hypothesis 'the closer we get to the CBD the more pedestrians we will count'

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Final Conclusion Firstly the hypothesis 'the closer we get to the CBD the more pedestrians we will count' is proven. This is because as we moved closer to Barrow town centre we found higher numbers of pedestrians. These results were shown on an isopleth map. The darkest colour is shown in the middle of the CBD and indicates where the highest numbers of pedestrians were found. Areas such as Portland Walk and Dalton Road had high numbers of pedestrians. This is because these are areas of high quality shopping with magnet stores such as Debenhams and comparison shops such as Next. As we moved further away from the CBD the number of pedestrians was less. Areas such as the Custom House had very few pedestrians. This is because these areas are found on the outskirts where there are fewer shops. This is what we would expect for a typical MEDC city CBD. ...read more.

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However there was also on-street parking found on the outskirts in places such as Duke Street. The hypothesis 'as we approach the CBD we would expect to see the street quality and appearance improve' is proven. This is because as we moved closer to the CBD the appearance of the streets improved as there was less rubbish, fewer vacant premises and more street furniture. The areas of highest street quality and appearance were Portland Walk and Dalton Road, which were situated in the CBD. These areas had the most litter bins as well as street cleaners, street furniture and high order shops. As we moved away from the CBD the street quality and appearance became poorer. Areas such as Buccleuch Street and Greengate Street had the poorest street quality and appearance. These areas were situated on the outskirts of the CBD and had the most litter and fewest safe road crossings. The hypothesis 'the high order shops are found in the CBD where as the low order shops are located out of the CBD' is proven. ...read more.

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This is not possible in typical MEDC CBD's because land is usually in high demand and therefore very expensive, which results in restricted land and consequently buildings are much taller. Before coming to my final conclusion I must take into account the fact that inaccuracy may have occurred somewhere in my coursework investigations. For example people may have counted the number of pedestrians and vehicles at different times. There is also the possibility that we may have counted the same vehicle/pedestrian more than once. This would obviously reduce the accuracy of the results. I also must take into account the fact I visited Barrow town centre on a weekday and therefore it will not have been at its busiest. The busiest time will obviously be on a Saturday afternoon when everyone is out shopping. Had I done my investigation on a Saturday my results may have been different. Therefore after taking all this into consideration and looking at the entire hypothesise I think that the answer to the statement 'does Barrow have a typical MEDC city CBD' is yes. This is because most of the hypothesise we investigated were proven. ...read more.

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