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A Secondary Commercial District in  Infancy The Multiple Nuclei Model in Action The Canadian City – A Montreal Urban Transect Field Study Student Number: 260174159 Geography 217: The Canadian City Professor Forest March 27 th , 2007
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The patterns of urban form in Montreal indicate that the process of urban development in Montreal is occurring in conformity with the Harris-Ulyman multiple nuclei model. It is clear that the urban core of Montreal along the green line is in the area around the Peel and McGill metro stations. This can be demonstrated by the high average building height, low residential land use and the high prevalence of government infrastructure, bilingualism, and commercial land use in these areas. However, patterns in urban form also indicate that a second commercial nucleus is emerging on the north-eastern outskirts of the green line, past the Joliette metro station. It could be argued that this secondary business district is developing in Montreal on top of the urban form centred on the primary business district around Peel and McGill. This project will show that commercial and residential land use, investment and government infrastructure patterns come together in order to demonstrate the emergence of a secondary urban nucleus. The original variable developed was government infrastructure, an indicator of state prevalence in urban form. In a democratic society, governments tend to be responsive to changes in urban processes, and increasing government infrastructure should be one of the signs of an area’s growth in demographic (large amounts of votes) or economic (large potential for taxes) importance. This variable will be used to justify the claim that the second commercial district is emerging in the north-east. Methodology The sampling points chosen for this project were chosen using a random number generator (RNG) 1 in order to add an aspect of randomness to the sampling and avoid bias. Each station was assigned a number from one to twenty-seven, and the number picked by the RNG was the starting station. Subsequently, the RNG was used to generate ‘n’ (a number between one and ten), and every n th station was chosen for sampling until there were twelve stations. Twelve stations were chosen through this method, systematically and without bias (for a list of the stations chosen, see Appendix A). For this study, twelve stations were sampled because a higher number of samples increases my ability to generalize the samples as representative of the green line. On the other hand, the amount of fieldwork 1   “Random Number Generator”.  2006. Acccessed on March 1 st , 2007. <www.random.org/nform.org>. 2
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