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Field Study - Granville Island, Vancouver

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Introduction

PART A: AIMS AND HYPOTHESIS Granville Island, located in False Creek under the south end of the Granville Street Bridge, is often regarded as an 'urban planning success story' because it is an area being analyzed and copied worldwide. Although Granville Island retains its old name, it is no longer an island but a peninsula, connected to the shore by Anderson Street. Once a derelict industrial park, it has since then been transformed to the thriving market and entertainment destination it is today, attracting both local residents as well as tourists from across the globe. The question "Is Granville Island a higher order central place?" is the focal point of this urban studies topic. The purpose of this mission is to discover what sort of goods and services are available on Granville Island and whether these goods are regarded as 'higher order'. Higher order goods and services are those which are infrequently purchased and require a larger threshold. Having a high order service implies there are low order services around it, but not vice versa. Lower level settlements are arranged within the sphere of influence of the highest order settlement. This is done so that the lower order settlements can be completely controlled by higher levels. I hypothesize that Granville Island is a higher order central place because: 1. It is a settlement which provides specialized goods and services rarely found elsewhere 2. Visitors are willing to travel a relatively long distance (cost is a function of distance between home and higher order place, and the number of trips made to the place) With reference to the Central Place Theory, I will attempt to demonstrate and explain the extent to which Granville Island exhibits characteristics of being a higher order central place. The Central Place Theory, created by the German geographer Walter Christaller, is a geographical theory that seeks to explain the size and spacing of human settlements. ...read more.

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See below: GRANVILLE ISLAND METROTOWN FOOD COURT DIFFERENCES 27 smaller shops (plus 8 large restaurants and 6 medium-sized cafes) TOTAL: 41 23 fast-food restaurants (plus 8 large restaurants and 23 medium-sized cafes) TOTAL: 54 Single shops ('one and only') Chain-restaurants (several) Includes items like Pacific Salmon Includes items like Japanese sushi Some have waterfront view All indoors Often weather-affected (more customers when better weather) Rarely weather-affected (one reason is that everything is indoors) Some food served on dishes which need to be returned to the shop Food served on trays (need to be stacked on top of garbage can) Prices higher on average Prices lower on average SIMILARITIES Shared seating area for small shops Same hours within public market (9-7) and Metrotown food court (9-9 Mon-Sat; 9-6 Sun) but individual larger restaurants have own hours Around 2-3 employees in each of the smaller shops Table 13. INSIDE PUBLIC MARKET OUTSIDE PUBLIC MARKET Hours 9-7 Hours vary Prices range from $0.50 (chocolate) to $26 (pie) Prices range from $1.75 (drinks) to $105 (chocolate bear statue) 27 shops 14 cafes\restaurants Number of customers range: 50 to 700 Number of customers range: 100 to 1000 Table 14. 7. MISCELLANEOUS 1. Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design Year Founded 1925 Campus Setting Urban Calendar Year fall (Sept-Dec) spring (Jan-Apr) summer (May-Aug) Minimum Undergraduate GPA 2.5 Minimum English Requirements TOEFL 88\120 Application Fee C$75 Application Deadlines February 1 Table 15. ANNUAL EXPENSES STUDENT AND FACULTY PROFILE Tuition (full-time) Total Enrolment 1470 In-Province $10700\year Graduate Enrolment 15 Out-of-Province $10700\year # of Faculty 12 International $10700\year Student\Faculty Ratio 5:1 Fees, Books, Materials $2500 Male\Female Students 35\65% Accommodation residence\Homestay n/a Class Size 5 Private $800-1000 International Grad Students Enrolment 3 (20%) Health Insurance $45\month Countries of origin Mainly Iceland, Iran, USA, Korea, Canada Table 16. STUDY OPTIONS DEGREES\MAJORS OFFERED * co-op\work internship * part time or full time * 16-month intensive program * paid co-op\work internship Masters of Applied Arts in Design Masters of Applied Arts in Media Arts Masters of Applied Arts in Visual Arts Table 17. ...read more.

Conclusion

For all the seven areas, the methods of data collection were reliable and constructive because it contained mainly primary data (information from shopkeepers and other workers, brochures. pamphlets, maps, and data collected by other groups), with reference to some secondary data (websites). The data consisted of both qualitative and quantitative measures. Since objectivity vs. subjectivity in my research was an important consideration, I tried my best not to include personal biases and opinions and to give both sides fair consideration. One weak point of the data collection process was that the surveyors targeted mothers and students (due to their friendliness). When doing research, it is important not to take advantage of easy-to-access groups of people simply because they are easy to access. I find it better to choose the subjects based on what would most benefit the research. However, a strong point was that the surveyors created an unbiased survey, which allowed them to get unbiased (or less biased) results. Improvements I can make: 1. To remember that I can find general patterns or trends, but should never assume that what I have found is what exists or what will always exist. In fact, it is hard to make concrete generalizations about any occurrence that relates to people because people themselves are dynamic and situations are always changing. 2. To keep in mind that just because two results have a relationship between them, it does not necessarily mean that one causes another to occur. For example, although video games and violent behaviors are shown to have a link, it has not been proven that video games cause violent behavior (instead, it could be that individuals who are predisposed toward violent activity are drawn to violent video games). I may also wish to slightly modify (add to) my hypotheses: In the first hypothesis, specify that I am focusing only within the city of Vancouver when I refer to "elsewhere". In the second hypothesis, set a limit to what I mean by "relatively long distance" as the interpretation of such a term is quite subjective. ...read more.

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