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Using knowledge of Croydon comment upon the validity of the Bid Rent diagram. What factors other than Bid Rent can explain urban land use?

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Using knowledge of Croydon comment upon the validity of the Bid Rent diagram. What factors other than Bid Rent can explain urban land use? Croydon is an area with many different features. It has places for retail, entertainment, housing, business offices, education and transport links to London and other areas of England. Due to these factors Croydon has huge amounts of desirability for people and also accessibility to many other places. These are the main factors in the Bid Rent theory. The retail industry in Croydon is mainly situated around the one area, North End. There is a wide range of shops, varying from large department stores such as Marks and Spencer and British Home Stores to specialist shops i.e. ...read more.

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The high street is occupied by many restaurants which are a huge asset to Croydon because there is such a variety and choice. There are also many pubs and clubs that are of a similar distance away, but in the opposite direction. There is little housing in the centre of Croydon, but more is being built to try and accommodate as many people as possible. This accommodation is mainly flats and a few terraced houses. This is due to the high level of land values. The main areas for commercial businesses are on Wellesley Road and Dingwall Road. The regional headquarters for Nestle are situated here and also many insurance companies and law firms. ...read more.

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This is the only form of educational establishment in the centre but slightly further away there are many other schools. Towards the outskirts of Croydon there is more housing that is suitable for many different people. The land tends to be cheaper and therefore more affordable for families. The Bid Rent theory is valid for Croydon, as shown above. The office and retail developers are willing to pay the high prices that are asked, for land that they most want, which is in the central part of Croydon. The retail developers can also afford to pay the prices because they will make a lot of money out of it. Residential users cannot afford the high prices of this area and so live in areas that are further away and more, newer houses have been built that are suitable for them. ...read more.

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