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The aim of this project is to delimit the CBD of Stamford.

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Introduction

Geography Coursework Geography Coursework Abstract The aim of this project is to delimit the CBD of Stamford. The CBD is the central business district of a town in which are found most of the offices and shops. The group that aimed to find the borders of the town was a group of Rugby School pupils. This group collected the Data and in this booklet is discussed the relevancies of the information, why trends in the data have been found and how these trends could be used to find and Delimit the CBD of Stamford. This delimitation is done in the conclusions section. Finally in the Evaluation problems with the project are discussed and how it could be improved if the investigation were to be repeated. Table of Contents Abstracts..........................................................................2 Table of Contents................................................................3 Table of Illustrations............................................................4 Acknowledgments................................................................5 Introduction.......................................................................6 Methodology.....................................................................8 Results........................................................................... 11 Analysis and Interpretation................................................... 14 Conclusion...................................................................... 24 Evaluation...................................................................... .26 Bibliography.................................................................. ..27 Appendices.................................................................. ...28 Table of Illustrations Figure number Page Number Brief Description Cover photo 1 Centre point 4 taken facing North-East Fig. 1.1 6 Tourist information sign of centre of Stamford Fig. 1.2 7 Stamford - Arial photo* Fig. 1.3 7 Stamford - Road map* Fig. 1.4 7 CBD layers theory demographic model Fig. 2.1 8 Centre point locations* Fig. 2.2 8 System for assessing Street appearance and shopping quality into the SQ and SP indexes Fig. 3.1 11 Pedestrian count results for the transect points* Fig. 3.2 11 Pedestrian count results for the centre points* Fig. 3.3 11 Cross section of the pedestrian count results Fig. 3.4 15 Delimitation of the CBD fringe using the Pedestrian Count results* Fig. 3.5 15 Delimitation of the CBD core using the Pedestrian Count results* Fig. 4.1 12 Shopping quality results for the transect points* Fig. 4.2 12 Shopping quality results for the centre points* Fig. 4.3 16 Delimitation of the CBD fringe using the Shopping quality results* Fig. ...read more.

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If one was to delimit the CBD from the shopping quality results only, one would probably end up with a similar map to Fig. 4.3 and 4.4. The ring for the CBD fringe ( Fig 4.3 ) was marked out as an isoline where the SQ index was roughly 75%. The ring for the CBD core ( Fig 4.4) was marked out as an isoline where the SQ index was 50%. The area within the rings would then be the CBD core and CBD fringe. Street Appearance: SP Index SP Index Percentage 1 14 47% 2 15 50% 3 17 57% 4 20 67% 5 12 40% 6 9 30% 7 0% 8 18 60% 9 14 47% 10 16 53% Street Appearance Percentage P1 P2 P3 P1 P2 P3 Tran 1 16 19 19 53% 63% 63% Tran 2 24 20 19 80% 67% 63% Tran 3 21 21 21 70% 70% 70% Tran 4 21 21 21 70% 70% 70% Tran 5 14 13 16 47% 43% 53% Tran 6 15 11 13 50% 37% 43% Tran 7 14 21 17 47% 70% 57% Street appearance results measured using the SP index are shown here with the SP index percentage. The SP index was marked out of 23. The SP index was then turned into a percentage by dividing it by 30 From the Street appearance results, illustrated in fig. 5.1 and 5.2 one can see a trend of decreasing SP index and therefore increasing street appearance with decreasing distance from the centre of Stamford, this is as predicted. The largest bars on the maps indicate that those points are not part of the CBD because the CBD is likely to have a good street appearance as it is a centre of commerce and business and the council will want this place to be clean of litter and look good. This is because, if a place is really clean it will attract more people and more business meaning more revenue for the council. ...read more.

Conclusion

Survey error There were some problems with the sampling strategy as well, the Department of Geography at Rugby chose to use a set of stratified points in Stamford chosen to be at sites of interest where change was likely to be seen. This may have warped the results slightly. Possibly a better strategy would have been to have placed the points randomly and/or at equal distances from each other. But this is also open to luck and chance of position choice so the best strategy would have been to have many points. It would have been better if we could have collected data from more indicators of whether a point is in the CBD or not, for example we could have recorded the price some everyday items were selling in shops. If we did this we would expect increasing price with decreasing distance from the CBD. It would also have been good if we could have collected data on number of cars passing the points every five minutes. The results expected for this would be similar to the pedestrian count, increasing with decreasing distance from the centre. Although pedestrianised zones would limit the results they would still give one a fuller picture of the nature of Stamford at each point which in turn would make it easier to delimit the CBD. It would have been preferred if we could have expanded on our data, having more points of collection, but as this was only a GCSE project it wouldn't have been possible to spend more time. It would also have been better if the questionnaire had been conducted at every centre point and transect point, not just transect 2 and CBD 4. If there had been more people or more time this would all have been possible. Summary Overall the investigation produced an informed delimitation estimate of Stamford CBD Fringe and Core but the accuracy and reliability would not be sufficient for it to be called a definite and accurate delimitation or to make it commercially viable. ...read more.

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