Spatial distribution and location preferences of various leisure entertainment facilities: a spatial syntax analysis

Authors: Sanwei He*, Zhongnan University of Economics and Law, Dongfang Li, Zhongnan University of Economics and Law
Topics: Urban Geography, Land Use, Transportation Geography
Keywords: spatial syntax, location preference, leisure entertainment facilities, spatial correlation
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/11/2018
Start / End Time: 5:20 PM / 7:00 PM
Room: Napoleon Foyer/Common St. Corridor, Sheraton, 3rd Floor
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This paper examines spatial characteristics of varies leisure entertainment facilities and their location preference for traffic road network in Wuhan, Hubei province of China. Based on the classification of the urban leisure entertainment facilities into bars, chess and cards room, cybercafés, theaters, KTVs, parks and stadiums, this paper first tries to investigate their spatial regime, spatial agglomeration and spatial pattern of these leisure entertainment facilities in Wuhan through a box of techniques such as standard ellipse, kernel density estimation, Ripley's K function, etc. Then, the traffic road network is characterized by the spatial syntax indices in terms of closeness, betweenness, severance and efficiency; and q statistics from geographical detector tools is employed to investigate their spatial correlation between various leisure entertainment facilities and spatial syntax indices. Results indicate that various leisure entertainment facilities spatially differ at agglomeration extent and distributional direction. Bars tend to cluster closely whereas cybercafés are distributed sparsely; KTVs are distributed along the direction of “northeast-southwest” while others along the “northwest-southeast” line. Furthermore, the spatial syntax method helps to capture locational advantage in a city, which plays crucial role in shaping the intraurban variation of leisure entertainment facilities. Specifically, chess and cards room, cybercafés favor betweenness; parks, theaters favor severance and efficiency; bars, stadiums favor closeness in driving mode while severance and efficiency are preferred by walking.

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