Street Centrality and the Location of Economic Activities in Barcelona

Districts in Barcelona’s contemporary plan.

The paper examines the geography of three street centrality indices and their correlations with various types of economic activities in Barcelona, Spain.

 

The focus is on what type of street centrality (closeness, betweenness and straightness) is more closely associated with which type of economic activity (primary and secondary).

 

Centralities are calculated purely on the street network by using a multiple centrality assessment model, and a kernel density estimation method is applied to both street centralities and economic activities to permit correlation analysis between them.

 

Results indicate that street centralities are correlated with the location of economic activities and that the correlations are higher with secondary than primary activities.

 

The research suggests that, in urban planning, central urban arterials should be conceived as the cores, not the borders, of neighbourhoods.

The paper examines the geography of three street centrality indices and their correlations with various types of economic activities in Barcelona, Spain.
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Street Centrality and the Location of Economic Activities in Barcelona

Authors:

Sergio Porta, Vito Latora, Fahui Wang, Salvador Rueda, Emanuele Strano, Salvatore Scellato, Alessio Cardillo, Eugenio Belli, Francisco Cárdenas, Berta Cormenzana and Laura Latora.