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Sphere of influence map.

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Introduction

GEOGRAPHY COURSEWORK INTRODUCTION Cambridge is a small historic University City, situated in the heart of East Anglia (See Map.1) It has a number of historic buildings and streets. There are many open spaces and green areas. The River Cam is well known for punting. The population increases vastly during the summer due to the large number of tourists. It is the main city of Cambridgeshire, which unlike Peterborough is made up of small market towns and villages. It is on the main train route to London and has great accessibility to London via road, also to the midlands and the north. It is indeed a sub-regional shopping centre with heavy competition from other regional shopping centres such as Lakeside, Bluewater, Queensgate (Peterborough) plus the town of Ipswich and the city of Norwich. The aim of this study is to test the Hypothesis as follows: "In order to survive as the main sub-regional shopping centre, Cambridge needs new and better shopping facilities." History of Cambridge Shopping in Cambridge has changed quite dramatically over the last 50 to 60 years. If you look at what shopping was like back then, you will realise that Cambridge has improved significantly in shopping. Corner shops used to be really popular about 50 years ago but because of things like new and modern technology, people can now freeze food in their refrigerators and make it last longer making no need of visiting the local shop day in day out. However, corner shops are still visited today for those low order goods people might need daily such as milk, bread, eggs, etc. In terms of transport, it must have been more efficient in a way because there was hardly any traffic and the roads were safer. Our shopping environment has been affected majorly because of traffic, congestion and pollution and this is all coming from cars. There weren't so many tourists back then so the shops were mainly aimed at the local people and students. ...read more.

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Ease of shopping will be so much better. There will be a wide range of cafes and bars. When building is done Robert Sayle will be much bigger than it's current size. The development will also facilitate a new park and ride scheme for south - west of Cambridge and relocation of the current Magistrates Court to a new location within the city. These proposals will create new retail and leisure developments with better public transport for Cambridge. The scheme will also provide a revitalised and a new focal point (motif) for the centre of Cambridge. This proposal will in effect cause a multiplier effect and will start to attract big retail companies. This is going to attract more people and like I said more people would obviously result in more traffic but the traffic won't be a huge problem because the whole of St. Andrews Street will be pedestrianized. The Grand Arcade will: * Provide 500 new jobs. * Improve the economic status in Cambridge right into the 22nd Century. * Be accessible to everyone. * Decrease need of residents to travel elsewhere to shop. * Provide an attractive destination with several cafes, bras and restaurants. * John Lewis will still be trading in Cambridge. * Offer modern shopping facilities. The Grand Arcade's central location guarantees easy access by foot, bus and bike. There will be additional bike parking spaces. Its central location will push shared trips, e.g. to see other shops around the city. The proposals also say that the Lion Yard car park will be knocked down and rebuilt according to modern standards and will still keep the same amount of parking spaces. It will increase number of entrances to the car park and it will have electronic devices telling motorists the availability of spaces left. This will reduce the traffic and congestion in Downing Street and Pembroke Street immensely. When it is finished, the Grand Arcade will be a major city attraction. ...read more.

Conclusion

It has helped me to look and approach shopping in a much more professional manner than before. I've learned to approach coursework in a professional way by working with it in phases. If there's anything that I've learnt about this coursework, it's definitely planning. Without planning there is no sense of order and without order I can't really do much. I have improved my geographical and key skills hugely. They are as follows: * Annotating photos in better detail. * How to relate what I'm saying back to a hypothesis * I've learnt to hold formal surveys and interviews, process and analyse the data myself. * I've learnt how to research in more depth. * Present work in a formal manner and in some kind of formal structure. * I've learnt how to compare results and see how they relate to a hypothesis * Reflect critically on a topic. * Present my data clearly and accurately so it is easy to read. * Read and understand graphs, tables and charts and interpret them. * Analyse images at a complex level. As you can see, I have acquired a lot of skills both geographical and key skills out of this study. I was very proud of the way that I conducted myself when I came to do this coursework. I didn't waste any time and I managed my time well. Time management and discipline is the key to success in any piece of work, which I'm most proud of in this study. If I started it again, I think I'd be getting someone who knows a lot about the topic to be checking what I've done weekly or even every few days so I know how I'm doing and what I need to do to improve. What I tend to do with long pieces of coursework is to go through it and not get anyone to check it until the last minute when it's too late. So this is the area that I'd improve in. Otherwise I'm very pleased with the whole study and would definitely do it again if given chance. ...read more.

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