City Central

Isaac Kremer/ September 27, 2022/ / 0 comments

Is a much more useful term than downtown for larger cities. May be used to encompass nearby dense clusters beyond the CBD whose inclusion would be impractical in the CBD proper. A CC can have three main groups of functions, and CCs are strongest when they are strongly entwined:
a. CENTRAL BUSINESS FUNCTIONS (CBF): These are money based, dealing with business transactions, and the creation and management of wealth and job creation
b. CENTRAL SOCIAL FUNCTIONS (CSF): The CC’s collection of activity venues that facilitate people having enjoyable experiences with other people, usually relatives and friends, but, importantly, sometimes strangers
c. CENTRAL SUPPORT FUNCTIONS (CSUPF): These industries support the proper operation of the CBFs and the CSFs.
Any definition of a CC needs to have some geographic component to it. Ideally it describes the geographic areas in which the CC socio-economic system resides. CCs are complex socio-economic systems and then sets the CC boundaries based on the locations of the functionally related establishments/venues, while acknowledging that CCs can often be changing in geographic size and composition.

Seeing a CC as only having central business functions will tend to exclude the housing and entertainment venues that are not marbleized within its core area, yet may be vital to its operation, while seeing it as more multifunctional will probably expand its geographic reach and increase the difficulty of identifying any hard-edge borderlines. This approach might involve identifying transition areas around its edges that stand apart from those areas that are more certainly geographically part of the CC.

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