URP3001 Semester Project

URP3001 Semester Project - Shawn Bowlus URP 3001 Semester...

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Shawn Bowlus URP 3001 Semester Project Barcelona, Spain 1) Location : Barcelona, Spain, is located in Southwest Europe on the northeast coast of the Iberian Peninsula facing towards the Mediterranean Sea. The city is highlighted in red on the map below. Figure 1 2) Population: 1,605,602 http://www.citypopulation.de/Spain- Cataluna.html Metropolitan area: 3,161,081 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barcelona 3) Site: Site is defined as the physical environment on which the city is built and developed on. Barcelona is on a plateau approximately 5 km wide limited by the mountain range of Collserola. The metropolitan area is mainly flat throughout the entire city until reaching the mountains at the edge of the city or until reaching the beaches of Barcelona on the Mediterranean Sea. Barcelona has a Mediterranean climate since it has warm, humid summers and mild, dry winters so it rarely snows. In Figure 2, the flat plateau of land that Barcelona is built on is easily noticed; however, there are mountains located in the far distance surrounding the city. Barcelona has a long, sandy beach along the Mediterranean Sea which is very popular during the summertime. Mountains Figure 2(site of Barcelona)
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flat layout of the land 4) Situation: Situation refers to the relative location of a city with respect to important natural and man-made features. It is the way in which an urban area is important in relation to its surroundings. Barcelona is situated in the northeast portion of Spain, just south of the French border. Barcelona is bounded by the Mediterranean Sea to the southeast, the mountains of Montjuic to the south and Tibidabo in the northwest. The city is framed by the river Llobregat to the south and the river Besos to the north. 5) Main basic economic functions: An economic function is an economic activity of a city or urban environment that generates income and provides a source of revenue. Basic functions are functions that are necessary for urban growth and prosperity, and they are economic activities that bring money into the city. They are the primary source of income for a city’s economic survival. Non-basic functions are functions that are not necessary for urban growth and prosperity, but they are still sources of income for a city. A city can survive without the revenue from non-basic functions. 1) Manufacturing is one of Barcelona’s main sources of income and revenue. This city served as was one of the earliest regions in Europe to start industrialization, beginning with textile related works but it also became a major center for the production of textiles and machinery. The region serves as a host to large automotive assembly plants for Nissan and Volkswagen. The traditional importance in textiles is still replicated in Barcelona's importance as a chief fashion center. Besides textiles, Barcelona has a large role in manufacturing industries
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such as metalwork, chemicals, glass, papers, plastics, motor, electronics, printing, and pharmaceuticals. 2) Barcelona is the leading center of roadways and transportation in northeast Spain. It is
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This essay was uploaded on 04/21/2008 for the course URP 3001 taught by Professor Yearwood during the Spring '07 term at University of Florida.

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URP3001 Semester Project - Shawn Bowlus URP 3001 Semester...

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