Document type: DU ETD
Collection: Geology Theses  
Title Changing Commercial Patterns In Metropolitan Denver, Colorado 1960-1970
Author(s) Peterman, William A.
Advisor(s) Herold, Lawrence C.
School/Department Department of Geography
Institution University of Denver
Degree Type Doctoral
Degree Name Ph.D.
Type of Resource text
Degree Date 1972-3
Digital Origin reformatted digital
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Keyword(s) Geology
Abstract This investigation is designed as a study of the recent changes in the locational patterns of commercial activity in Metropolitan Denver, Colorado. Several commercial functions are chosen as being representative of the various "levels" and types of commercial activity. The time period chosen is between the census years 1960 and 1970. The study is placed in a central place framework and a simple definition of centrality is used. Employing an analogy of physical "sources" and "sinks" a central place is said to be an area in which there is an excess of goods or services available to the population in that area. In a similar manner a non-central place is an area in which there is a deficit of goods or services available. By relating the number of facilities of a function to population through a simple formula, the degree of centrality for the function and area can be determined. Using census tracts as the basic unit area centrality indices are computed for ten different functions for both 1960 and 1970. In addition all of the functions are combined to determine a set of overall centrality indices. By comparing indices by tract for both years the changes in centrality occurring during the ten year period are determined. Maps depicting all of the centrality computations as well as the ten year changes are presented and discussed. A considerable change in the locational pattern of commercial activity has occurred between 1960 and 1970. Along with the increasing importance of major outlying planned shopping centers there has been a decrease in the relative importance of major business arterials. The differences between the geographical patterns for "low" and "high" order functions are becoming fewer. This appears to be the result of an increasing centralization of commercial activity in several nodal areas spread throughout the urban area. Finally the study has allowed the development of a framework for depicting commercial growth and change. This framework, consisting of five stages, relates changing pat¬terns of commercial activity to population trends and is useful in describing the comprehensive patterns of commercial change in any urban area.
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