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Paper Topic:

summarize the major critiques of spatial analysis in urban geography.

Spring 2009

URBS310 , Class 11703

Professor Charles Keynejad

A SUMMARIZATION OF THE MAJOR CRITIQUES OF SPATIAL ANALYSIS IN URBAN GEORGRAPHY

Urban Geography refers to the subset of Geography relating to the study of cities and towns concerning their internal structures and characteristics and the spatial relationship between the various entities . Spatial analysis in urban Geography refers to an investigative look at the topographical distribution of structures within cities and towns , their relationships and other aspects such as proximity of structures to each other . It is also referred to as

modeling . This Spatial analysis involves the extraction of data on urban areas for analysis , evaluation and interpretation of relationships that exists between the structures and the suitability of certain zones or structures . There are different types of spatial analysis such as Boundary Analysis , Address Matching and Geocoding , Proximity Analysis Spatial Overlay , Buffer analysis , and Network Analysis . We will now briefly examine each spatial analysis

Boundary Analysis , also known as Districting ' is used to define regions according to criterion such as election precincts or School zones . This helps city planners to ideally place communities or structures in the most pragmatic manner

Districting : Election Re-precincting

Address Matching and Geocoding refers to a system where a Geographic Information System (GIS ) is used to transfer text data relating to street addresses into actual geographic coordinates so that a map can be made and displayed

Proximity analysis looks at the location of structures and measures the distances between two points . This can help developers to site...

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