That Blue Square Thing - Geography Revision

Unit 3 Question - MEDC City Centres

WARNING! These pages are now very old. They were last updated in 2008 and the content applies to an old version of any geography syllabus currently active in the UK.
I've kept them here because there might be something useful for someone and the general marking principles aren't all that different. But be aware that it's old and out of date (the stuff on the Google Earth page in particular may not work at all)

This is a 20 mark exam-style question. The marks start small and build towards case study questions at the end - just like the real thing.

You want to aim to take around 25 minutes to do this question. Make sure your answers to the simple questions are accurate and that you develop the longer answers to explain points properly - don't leave things vague. Remember that 2 or 3 well developed points are better than 10 simple points. As always, try and use case studies to back up your answers.

Print the page and have a go at the questions on paper. Then mark your work yourself using the markscheme provided.

City centres in MEDC cities have changed over the years. The CBD in particular is under pressure from a range of problems.

These figures show how people get to work in Nottingham:

1981 1991
Used a car to get to work 48% 61%
Used a bus to get to work 26% 17%
Lived and worked in the city 53% 47%

a) What proportion of people used a car to get to work in 1981?
(1 mark)
b) What does the term CBD mean?
(1 mark)
c) Describe the changes in transport choices shown in the table.
(2 marks)
d) State two problems that might be caused by the changes show in the table.
(2 marks)
e) Many people feel that any new housing development should take place on brownfield land.
Where within a city would you expect to find brownfield land?
(1 mark)
f) What problems might developers have building on brownfield sites?
(3 marks)
g) The redevelopment of areas of brownfield land helps to solve many problems for city planners. Name a brownfield redevelopment you have studied. Explain how the redevelopment has improved the area.
(6 marks)
h) Urban planning schemes such as the redevelopment of brownfield sites do not solve everyone's needs. Describe the problems which have been caused by an urban planning scheme of your choice.
(4 marks)

Mark your work yourself using the markscheme provided.

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