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Kazemian G, Farajkurdeh K, Parhizkar A. The Influential Factors and Variables in Explaining Central District of the Intermediate Cities (Case Study: Bookan). MJSP 2009; 13 (2) :196-225
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1- Assistant Professor, Allame Tabatabai University, Tehran, Iran
2- M.A. in Geography and Urban Planning, Tarbiat Modares University, Tehran, Iran
3- Assistant Professor, Department of Geography, Tarbiat Modares University, Tehran, Iran
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City central district, where the most important events of a city take place, has different features in different cities according to the specific conditions of that city. However, in spite of the significance of this district in the city space, the researches in this field have been done with an emphasis on big cities and mainly for problem-solving purposes. In this study, therefore, a framework consisting of economic (land and shopping value, employment density and distribution of financial, insurance and social security institutions), historical (the historic core of the city, stages of city development and symbolic elements of the city), social (public spaces of the city, density of cultural centers, population density, population density in certain parts of the day), traffic (centeral place for traffic, transport station density of city and accessibility), governmental (activity of governmental and public office centers) and physical- spatial factors (building density, historic fabric, specific architecture, urban development pattern and land use pattern), was presented. Through analyzing the urban space of Bookan, as an intermediate city located in Iran, the role of the above-mentioned factors in the development of its central district was investigated. Then, the major factors contributing to the explanation of this district were identified. The results showed that, among the set of factors influencing the central district historic and economic factors, were the most important ones in Bookan;on the other hand, the governmental function has been decentralized, and functional and activity variances are the major features of city central district of Bookan compared to other parts of the city. Our findings also show that the central district of Bookan city include the most important activities of the city; therefore, by including wide range of different activities it has different functions and, thereby, its boundary basically differs from that of other parts of the city from this perspective.
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Received: 2007/11/4 | Accepted: 2008/02/27 | Published: 2010/05/2

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