Urban street patterns
The structure of an urban area can be studied from above by looking at the
patterns formed by the streets of the urban area. The layout or arrangement of the roads is called the street pattern.
In this section we focus on four street patterns:
Urban land use zones
The structure of an urban area can be studied by looking at the different land use zones in a city. A land use zone is an area which has features that define its function.
For example, a residential area is made up of houses or flats, recreational areas, schools and shops. These features tell us
that people live in the area.
Another example is an industrial area, which is made up of many large buildings (factories), major transport routes and few open or green areas.
An example of a Street Patterns