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To investigate the characteristics of two contrasting CBD's.

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C.B.D Coursework Introduction Shrivenham is a small village in Oxfordshire near Faringdon. It has two churches and a few shops and services. It has a high achieving football and cricket team and has a population of around 2000. Swindon is a much larger town in Wiltshire with a population of 150,000. It is running for city status so has many shops and services. Aim To investigate the characteristics of two contrasting CBD's. Hypothesis 1. The bigger the population of a settlement, the greater the number of services and the size of the CBD. 2. The bigger the population of a settlement, the greater the sphere of influence. 3. The bigger the population of a settlement, the poorer the quality of the environment within the CBD. 4. The CBD (regardless of size) provides the same functions and services. Methodology I collected the data on two different days, once on Sunday evening and one on Monday morning to get better results. ...read more.

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were chosen at equal distance throughout the High Street), I gave the area surrounding the point a mark or a scale for 0 to 3 using the criteria given. I used the same survey as that in Faringdon. Instructions and guidelines were given to help me mark the different points. The different criteria were building maintenance, road and pavement noise, litter, plants and traffic. There were a lot of determining factors such as the weather and my preconception of the area. Unlike Swindon, I did the whole street myself so there wasn't a problem of differing views. The results I got when I prove or disprove hypothesis 3. At each of the 5 points I stood for two minutes which was the same as in Swindon and counted the number of people who passed on both the right and left-hand side of the road. I recorded both the number of pedestrians and cars. Both children and babies were counted as pedestrians and cyclists as traffic. ...read more.

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I used the same key as that in Swindon. The different buildings were put into categories, e.g. retail or finance. The function survey helped me with this. There are a few limitations; one is that the drawing is very inaccurate. I tried to get all the detail but I had to do it myself. Also some of the land in the High Street is subject to change and so since the data was collected in Swindon some might have changed although this is unlikely to cause major inaccuracies. In Swindon it was even more inaccurate as there were more buildings to draw and you had to rely on other people's judgement, which may have been different to mine. I used the same scale, 1cm for a normal shop frontage and 1cm for each storey. I used abbreviations for the different land uses, e.g. f-finance. For my extra research I collected some census data from Abingdon library and I looked on the Internet for background information about Shrivenham. I also talked to some of the council members. ...read more.

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