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URBAN SETTLEMENTS SEMINAR Manchester The Cities Form Manchester is located in England in The MIDLANDS right in the centre of Britain shown on Diagram 1 Manchester has a population of about 450 000 and a land size of 40000 square metres As you can see from Diagram 2 which is a base map of Manchester the form of this city is a core A core is where settlements are clumped together in the middle and situated randomly around the sides The reasons for this Core formation is that the river Mersey is located in the centre of the city and the topography of the land is resemble flat with a few rolling hills here or there Because of the flat relief it is easier for a city to expand and to build more infrastructure Also because of the river and major roads accessibility is high into the city Due to the accessibility of the river it provides small boats to sail to Liverpool and export cotton around world which is the main production industry in Manchester Land use models As you can see from diagram 3 which is the Land use model Manchester has a lot of residential settlements which are in yellow and commercial settlements in pink The commercial settlements are situated near the river and main roads for easy access to the city The small brown square is the Industrial area The main industry in Manchester is the huge cotton factories Lastly the grey areas are the transportation systems such as airports train and bus routes All these areas and systems are in the urban part of Manchester but if you look at the land use model you see residential settlements in rural areas such as the dark green area on this map which is forest The white squares are Barren Land which were caused by mining back in 17-1850 and nothing has been able to grow or produce on
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