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Using Spatial Statistics to Examine the Pattern of Urban Land Development in Halifax–Dartmouth

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This article examines the locational patterns of population and employment and the resultant changes in urban form in the Halifax–Dartmouth region between 1970 and 1996. The article employs the univariate and bivariate K function to measure spatial dependence or clustering within and between the classes of residential and commercial land parcels. The results of the K function estimates suggest that residential land parcels cluster together, commercial land parcels cluster together, and residential and commercial land parcels have become more clustered over time. Evidence of clustering provides insight into the changing urban form of the region and possible multinucleation.

Keywords: K function; clustering; decentralization; urban form

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Millersville University 2: Boston University

Publication date: November 1, 2002


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