CASA WP91: measuring the success of suburban centres over time

November 20, 2006

CASA working paper (no.91) by Mark Thurstain-Goodwin and Yi Gong (Feb 2004) is concerned with linking retail data on London town centres from the 1971 census distribution to the CASA/ODPM (as was) town centres data. The paper first addresses the problems of making contrasting datasets comparable and then gives the ‘ten best performing’ and ‘ten worst performing’ centres over three decades according to three criteria. These are: convenience retail employment, comparison retail employment and retail floorspace.

The following centres appear twice in the top ten: Wood Green, Wandsworth, Uxbridge, Wallington & Orpington.

The following centres appear three times in the top ten: Camden & Bexleyheath.

Of these Uxbridge, Wallington, Orpington & Bexleyheath all occur in the ‘doughnut’ area between the inner circular roads and the M25 that we are primarily concerned with.

There are many socio-economic reasons why these suburbs should have been ‘on the rise’ between 1971-2000 but it would be interesting to look at their morphological properties – which could be contrasted with examples of failing centres.

The 1971 adjusted data is available on a CD-ROM. Census Distribution raw data exists for 1950, 1957, 1961, 1966 and 1971.

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One Response to “CASA WP91: measuring the success of suburban centres over time”

  1. liora4 Says:

    Good idea Sam and Ozlem, as discussed today, let’s think about doing a simple transect analysis of these (or all doughnut?) cases sometime soon.


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