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The changing role of the CBD within the metropolitan retail structure of Hobart


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Courtney, Terence Drummond 1975 , 'The changing role of the CBD within the metropolitan retail structure of Hobart', Unspecified thesis, University of Tasmania.

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The role of the central business district of cities throughout
the western world is changing in response to a wide range of influences.
Demographic changes, particularly urban population growth and distribution,
growth in real income, and growth in consumer mobility are among
the most important of these influences. In the past two decades not
only has city growth led to an ever increasing proportion of consumers
living further from the central business district and therefore visiting
it less frequently, but public transport, at one time a major centralizing
force, has been neglected by consumers in favour of the private car.
Inner city parking facilities have fallen far short of demand, and freeway
development, which initially encouraged centralized traffic flow,
has aggravated inner city congestion, so that the CBD has become less
accessible to the motorized consumer who has sought to satisfy his demands
in suburban locations. Technological advances in the fields of
communications, consumer credit, refrigeration, mass production, and
improving retail technology have tended to favour suburban retailing,
and under the impact of the supermarket, the planned shopping centre,
and the freestanding discount department store the CBD's importance
has declined, and it has concentrated increasingly upon the sale of high
order goods for which it is best suited. This study examines the changing
role of the CBD within the metropolitan retail structure of Hobart
and seeks to explain the spatial distribution and interrelationships of
retailing in terms of central place theory, using statistical techniques
of analysis where appropriate. It demonstrates the fact that the fundamental
commercial structure of Hobart conforms remarkably with the spatial
organization of the cities of the western world where similar
forces are at work. It shows that the process of retail decentralization
may be regarded as a natural consequence of city growth and that Hobart CBD, which continues to play an over-dominant role in the metropolitan
retail system, can be expected to decline in importance before
a steady state is reached.

Item Type: Thesis - Unspecified
Authors/Creators:Courtney, Terence Drummond
Keywords: Central business districts
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Thesis (M.A.) - University of Tasmania. Bibliography: l. 327-340

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