How The Character And Quality Of Open Space Differ Across Two Areas Essay

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How does the character and quality of open space vary in different parts of London, and what are the factors affecting this? London, an area of 1,572 square kilometers, is home to 8.7 million people. According to Greenspace Information for Greater London (GiGL), up to ‘39% of Greater London can be classified as green open space’ - 14.2m2 per resident, of which nearly half (17.88% of total space) is classified as being parks or woodland. In this essay I will be discussing how the character and quantity of these open spaces differ across two areas, Tower Hamlets (TH) and The City, before suggesting key factors affecting them. First though – we must define the question, by explaining the key terms. ‘Open Space’ can be interpreted in different ways, however I understand it to refer to green space (parks, woodlands, gardens) but also the open river and canal space, or the open air in the capital. I interpret ‘character’ as the type of open space, the size and location in relation to other land use (commercial, industrial or residential), and overall ‘feel’ of the space. ‘Quality’ is interpreted as the standard of the space (for example how well maintained, features available and overall air quality). Finally, the variation across the city refers to how the style and standard of these spaces differ across the 1000mile2 area, comparing similarities, patterns and exceptions across boroughs. One variation in the character and quality between TH and The City is the

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