Method
To help me prove my hypothesis ‘Lichfield has a typical CBD’, I carried out some fieldwork. My aim was to gather some accurate information, which enables me to decide whether Lichfield now rapid change and has a core and periphery.


So on Friday 23rd April, I travelled to Lichfield and carried out a few different methods to help me prove my hypothesis.


First of all I was allocated an area in Lichfield to carry out my pedestrian counts. There were further 26 other locations around Lichfield that required a pedestrian count. We gain a large range of results in different locations by doing this. I then counted the number of people that walked past in 5 minutes, however this research had to take place at certain times. The first one was at 11am and the second was at 1:45 pm. The purpose of this was to identify if the amount of people increased during the day and to find out where they were situated around the city centre. Then looking back on the results hopefully I can identify a core (central) and peripheral area, in the Central district, which, is a closer step to fully investigating whether Lichfield is a typical CBD.


Areas, which are pedestrianised generally, have a higher shopping quality. To find out which areas mostly contained shops, banks, services or the upkeep was unattractive, dirty etc I completed a chart with numbers one to five. Number one being the least giving a more negative description of the area and five being the highest included characteristics of a typical CBD such as Pedestrianised areas, shops etc. I used this method to help me recognize different areas within the CBD, and also which areas are used the most. It also will help me find out whether it Lichfield has a core and periphery. Overall I travelled to twenty-eight of these locations and made accurate notes whether or not it contained a good shopping quality.


I also needed to make notes on heights of buildings and any different land uses. Therefore I used a 1999 Land use map to mark on the heights and any noticeable land use changes. I walked around the centre of Lichfield and looked to find if the buildings have altered size, name, and height or if they have expanded. If they had changed I put a tick or a cross on the Land use map where the building was and written what the building has changed to. This helped me recognize whether rapid change has occurred in Lichfield over the past 4 years. If buildings are generally higher then this tells me that land is expensive just like in a typical city. So builders generally build upwards rather then outwards. It is unusual to find a wide building with one-story within a CBD due to land costs. In a city a pattern should be seen with the height of buildings. In a city they are generally quite high, further out they generally are no taller then two stories. This tells me how the shopping quality in the different areas around Lichfield has changed. Such as, you would more private/smaller businesses in the framework and a major store such as Marks and Spencer’s in the centre of the city making the accessibility and rent a lot higher.


I did however go back to Lichfield to make further investigations to try and prove my hypothesis. I walked around Lichfield where I could see dwellings so I also noted down the type of dwellings such as terrace, flats semi-detached etc and found out that the majority were terrace and flat/apartments. The ages of buildings within a city are quite different; I noticed some older buildings yet modern buildings were found in the centre of Lichfield.


Pedestrianised roads or areas generally contain the most people. So whilst walking around the city I noted the traffic patterns, these varied form one-way streets to Pedestrianised streets, parking restrictions etc. This tells me how easy and accessible the shops and other businesses are. The traffic influenced the amount of pedestrians. I also noticed that roads were generally a lot smaller in the centre where it was Pedestrianised, and also that the main/bigger roads could be