Using a 20th century model on a 21st century town: how have times changed?

Owen, Mark (2007) Using a 20th century model on a 21st century town: how have times changed? BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Models play a very important part within the field of geography. They can provide a simplified description for why certain geographical situations take place, or exist, within the real world. During the early- to mid-20th century models played a significant role within the sub-discipline of economic geography. This period is often been called the 'quantitative revolution', which brought together theory with statistical techniques. The aim of this assignment is to investigate whether a model, created during this revolution, can still be used to describe contemporary geographical patterns. The example which will be used is the Alonso Model, which describes how land use patterns develop within an urban landscape. Through an analysis of maps and graphs, created on computer programmes such as Arc Map and Minitab, the conclusions met by Alonso will be compared against the land use patterns found within the town of Reading, United Kingdom. The results will illustrate that although Reading does show signs of having a monocentric structure, e.g. all goods and services found at the centre of the city, it largely contrasts with Alonso's model. The latter point is especially confirmed by a thriving service sector, which is not only prominent within Reading but also along the M4 Corridor. Running along side this analysis will also be a discussion of more contemporary urban economic theory, in particular New Economic Geography, to find out whether such ideas can offer a better explanation for Reading's land use patterns.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Science > Department of Geography
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:48
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:14

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