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My Geography project is based on the old Roman and Georgian city of Bath, in the South West of England.

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Contents Page. Aim and Land Use Page 2 Land Use Page 3 Land Use Map Page 4 Land Use Graph Page 5 Land Use Classification Page 6 Building Heights Page 7 Building Heights Map Page 8 Pedestrian Count Page 9 Pedestrian Count and Photograph Page 10 Pedestrian Count and Map Page 11 Environmental Survey Page 12 Environmental Survey Table Page 13 Environmental Survey transect line map Page 14 Environmental Survey Graph Page 15 Function Clustering Page 16 Function Clustering Page 17 Function Clustering and Photo Page 18 Function Clustering - Chemist map Page 19 Function Clustering - Restaurants and Cafes Page 20 Function Clustering - Banks and building societies Page 21 Nearest Neighbour Analysis Page 22 Predicted Central Business District area Page 23 Conclusion Page 24 Geography Project. Introduction. The Background of Bath. My Geography project is based on the old Roman and Georgian city of Bath, in the South West of England. The city is located in the county of Avon, and was built up in the Roman periods, mainly around the Baths and the Abbey. Huge developments were made in the 18th century, and so now many of the buildings are Georgian. The city has expanded greatly over the years, and now has the two major functions of tourism and shopping. The main attraction for the tourists is the Roman Baths, but many people come from far away to view the historical Abbey and beautiful architecture of the buildings. The large range of shops and amenities that the city has to offer attracts both the nearby tourists and local residents. Bath is now a successful trade centre, and is a very attractive city, enjoyed by many people. The city is also large enough to have a Central Business District (CBD). This is generally located at the centre of the city and tends to have very high land values, a high threshold and the majority of the city's retail outlets. ...read more.

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This clearly means that it is not entirely shoppers attracted by the centre of town stores but equally the tourists attracted by the historical features. This exercise could have been slightly inaccurate due to the rainstorm that occurred in the middle of the one o'clock count, and so the exercise could have been improved by doing more of these exercises in finer weather. Although the rainstorm reduced pedestrian amounts, it did so all over the city, and so did not really affect the comparison between the centre further away areas. It was still clear in this count that more pedestrians were found in the central regions. However, the number of pedestrians all over the city, in each area clearly dropped in this shower, as people were sheltering. The isolines also branched out to the far west and east areas on our maps. This is due to the car parking areas and Sainsbury's store to the west, and Pultney Bridge to the east. The isolines are clearly very accurate as they correspond well with the attractive areas of the city. Environmental Survey. (Refer to map four and graph 2) Hypothesis. In this area of my project I would predict that the highest shop and street quality would be found in the centre of the C.B.D. Despite the pressure that is put on this area from the pedestrians, the large chain stores, with lots of money, urge the council of the area to keep the appearance and quality high. If the stores did not do this, then it may result in less pedestrians, and so less shoppers. As we go further away from the centre then this quality will decrease, as there are less large stores putting pressure onto the council, because they have less money. Method. To do this exercise were given another map of the C.B.D, which had clearly shown a transect line through the whole area shown. ...read more.

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This means that this area is likely to be the top end of Baths CBD, as this trend is shown in three of the maps. I looked at areas like this o the maps all the way around the perimeter of the CBD, until could see where I believed the outline to be. To do this I had to remember that a CBD generally has a high environmental quality and pedestrian amount, and more retail departments than other areas. In the case of Bath, there are also lower buildings and certain function clustering. Because I looked at each of these both individually and together I believe that I have made an accurate prediction to the situation of the CBD. If I was going to repeat the investigation then I feel that here are two main areas that could be improved. These are the amount of pedestrian counts that were done and the photographical support for each section. I feel that if a larger range of pedestrian counts were recorded then some further work could be done to maybe find out which time of day and where the most pedestrians were found. This area of work could also be improved if the weather was the same throughout, and preferably dry. This would mean that the most number of pedestrians would be present, making the results more accurate. If a wider amount of results had been taken and the averaged then the daily average would give a far more reliable and precise map than was produced, which only showed three ten minute count results. If more photographs had been taken then more areas of the project could have been improved and backed up. This photographical support would have been especially helpful in the pedestrian counts, environmental surveys and the building heights, where some primary evidence would have proven my results. If a series of photos had been taken down the transect line for example, then the environmental quality would have been more easily compared throughout the city. The more time allocated to the project the more enjoyable and interesting it became for me. ...read more.

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