RESIDENTIAL LOCATION AND THE PLACE OF WORK

THE BULK OF RESEARCH IN URBAN GEOGRAPHY HAS BEEN FOCUSED ON OLDER LARGE CITIES SUCH AS BOSTON, NEW YORK AND CHICAGO. FROM THESE STUDIES HAVE DEVELOPED THE CONCEPTS OF CITY STRUCTURE AS CONCENTRIC RINGS OF FUNCTIONALLY - DIFFERENTIATED ACTIVITY. HYPOTHESIS ON THE SPATIAL STRUCTURE OF URBAN RESIDENCE SUGGEST AN ATTEMPT OF INDIVIDUALS TO MINIMIZE THE LENGTH OF THE JOURNEY TO WORK OR TO EXPLAIN LABOUR FORCE DISTRIBUTION IN TERMS OF GRAVITATION CONCEPTS IN WHICH THE NUMBER OF TRIPS GENERATED TO A GIVEN WORK PLACE VARIES INVERSELY WITH THE DISTANCE FROM THAT WORKPLACE. IN THIS PAPER THE MAJOR HYPOTHESES CONCERNING THE JOURNEY TO WORK ARE EVALUATED USING INFORMATION FROM VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA. THIS IS A CITY HAVING A POPULATION OF 850,000 WHICH HAS EXPERIENCED MOST OF ITS GROWTH IN THIS CENTURY. THE CENTRAL CONCLUSION OF THIS STUDY IS THAT WORKERS OF HIGH INCOME LIVE IN HIGH-COST RESIDENTIAL AREAS, WHILE WORKERS OF LOW INCOME LIVE IN LOW- COST RESIDENTIAL AREAS IRRESPECTIVE OF THE DISTANCE OF THESE AREAS FROM CENTRES OF EMPLOYMENT. THE AUTHOR CONCLUDES THAT, BECAUSE OF VANCOUVER'S PARTICULAR FUNCTIONAL STRUCTURE, ALTERNATE EXPLANATIONS OF WORK-RESIDENCE RELATIONSHIP MUST BE PROPOSED. /CGRA/

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • 85 Pp, 20 FIG, 11 TAB, 42 REF
  • Corporate Authors:

    Bc Geographical Series /Canada

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  • Authors:
    • Wolforth, J R
  • Publication Date: 1965

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  • Accession Number: 00239766
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: CANADIAN GOOD ROADS ASSOCIATION
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 12 1994 12:00AM