25881577-IBWG-Urbanization-Notes - IB World Geography...

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Unformatted text preview: IB World Geography http://guidesbyjulie.blogspot.com/ Urbanization Notes What is a city It is a concentrated nonagricultural human settlement Cities have been located in every city? concentrated, settlement. settled society, and are essential because cities provide a variety of services that are not readily available to inhabitants of rural areas. The study of cities is called urban geography, and the study of the method in geography which cities are settled and transform over time is called urban morphology urban morphology. Urban Geography considers three topics: The 1. The study of the functions of the cities and their economic role in organizing territory. The as 2. The comparative study of urbanization as it occurred in the past and a s it is continuing in different countries today. The 3. The study of the internal geography of cities —that is, the internal distribution of housing, industry, commerce, and other aspects of urban life across different cultures. cultures Early Public Services Public services probably followed the religious activities into early permanent settlements. The group’s political leaders also chose to live permanently in the settlement. The settlement likely was a good base from which the group could defend nearby food sources against competitors. For defense, the group might surround the settlement with a wall Thus, settlements became citadels Although modern wall. citadels. settlements no longer have walls, their military and political services continue to be important. Everyone in the settlements needed food, which was supplied to the group for hunting or gathering gathering. Settlements took on a retail-service function People brought objects and materials they collected or retail-service function. produced into the settlement and exchanged them for items brought by others. The settlement served as neutral ground where several groups could safely come together to trade goods and services. To facilitate this trade, government officials in the settlement provided producer services such as regulating the services, terms of transactions. The first geographer to be given credit with studying the land use of a settlement was German farmer and economist, J.H. Von Thünen’s in 1826. Von Thünen studied the settlement patterns on numerous European towns and found that the patterns were similar. Each settlement had concentric rings around the center that were land areas specializing in providing resources for the settlement. IB World Geography http://guidesbyjulie.blogspot.com/ Urbanization Notes 5: Ranching/Animal Products 1: Central City Resources 2: Intensive Farming/Dairy 3: Forests 1 4: Extensive Field Crops 2 3 Seat of Power 4 The Von Thünen model was created in a time before factories, highways and even railroads It is still an highways ays, railroads. important model in geography. The Von Thünen model is an excellent illustration of the balance between land cost and transportation costs. Von Thünen found the price of land increases as one gets closer to the city center The farmers of the city balance the cost of transportation, land, and profit and produce the center. most cost-effective product for market. costIn several countries, one large city concentrates a high degree of the entire nation’s population or national political, UK, political, intellectual, or economic life. These cities are called primate cities. London in the UK or Paris in territory France are examples. Not all countries have a clearly-defined primate city. Countries with a large territory may have numerous regional primate cities The U.S. is a very large nation, and has numerous primate cities. cities that are located in the various regions. New York City and Los Angeles are good examples of regional primacy. The region for which any city provides services, and upon which it draws its needs is services called its hinterland hinterland. ...
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This note was uploaded on 01/19/2012 for the course CH 101 taught by Professor Sutcliffe during the Spring '08 term at University of Texas.

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