To what extent does the distribution of economic activities in your MSA resemble the land use models

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You have all chosen an MSA to analyze as your research project. Think about the following. To what extent does the distribution of economic activities in your MSA resemble the land use models described in this section? Is there one central city or is it polycentric? Is there a strong commercial district in the downtown area? What industries dominate the commercial sector? Where are the major manufacturing industries located? How is the population density dispersed around the CBD? Can you get a handle on land prices and land rents in your MSA? Let us hear about it.



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The central place theory attempts to analyze the number, location and size of settlers in a residential system (Xu et al., 2019). Having been introduced in 1933 to explain cities’ spatial distribution, the theory was analyzed by Walter Christaller (Lösch, 1938). He asserted that central places provide services to surrounding areas. The Detroit Warren Dearborn metro area has 4,326,442 population and 3,913 square miles. The spatial population in this MSA is as follows; Dearborn has a population of 98,153 made up mostly of Muslims, while Detroit has a population of 672,662 (SDC, n.d.). Therefore, we can assume that the population is not evenly distributed. The MSA is characterized by consumers with a similar purchasing power and demand. According to the demographics, most of the population is densely located near the city areas, thus minimizing the distance traveled. Its market is also characterized by perfect competition and free entry. For instance, henry ford was the first automobile producer in Detroit, but currently, the market has attracted other companies such as Ford Motor Company, General Motors, and FCA US.

Additionally, this area’s consumers have the almost the same income level, hence the same shopping pattern. Therefore, we can conclude that this metropolitan statistical area resembles the central place theory to a great extent. The area’s highest-level activities are financial, having reached a record high of 122.9000 in august 2019 and a low of 94.0000in April 2010 (SDC, n.d.). However, this upward trend had started declining since September 2019 when it went to 121.8, then 112.1 in March 2020. This can be attributed to the negative effects of the economic downturn caused by the pandemic.


Lösch, A. (1938). The nature of economic regions. Southern Economic Journal, 71-78.

SDC. (n.d.). Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI metro area. Retrieved from https://sdc.datadrivendetroit.org/profiles/31000US19820-detroit-warren-dearborn-mi-metro-area/ (Links to an external site.)

Xu, F., Zhen, F., Qin, X., Wang, X., & Wang, F. (2019). From central place to central flow theory: an exploration of urban catering. Tourism Geographies21(1), 121-142.


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