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Open Access Von Thünen Revisited

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This essay aims to bring to light a quality of Professor Sir Hall that is often overshadowed by his major works in planning: his contribution to the quantitative inquiry of cities. For him geographical models and conventions were part of the larger picture and as such none was absolute. He requested from his students, including myself, a thorough understanding of all the elements that contributed to the phenomenon we were investigating. This approach to analysis reflected his uncanny ability to thread narratives through complex phenomena and as such posed a challenge for those who sought clarity and simplicity through the use of quantitative methods.

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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: March 1, 2015

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