Spatial Interaction: The Meyer-Wyckoff Model Of Frontier Cities

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Spatial interaction Following the tick-tock of chronometer, we entered a globalization era, where there is no one in this world can live an autarkic life. In fact, we never lived such life. Trading, religion, resources, everything happens nowadays is somehow related to the interactions among people, even isolated like the Amish have to walk out from their paradise to trade for what they need. Such interactions stimulated massive movement, human and goods. This result in the presence of cities. From a geography perspective, this kind of interaction is called spatial interaction. There are models to describe spatial interaction. Some models focus on how the metropolises affect their surrounding, i.e. Metropolitan Dominance. Some models focus…show more content…
By applying this model to Salt Lake City, we will be able to explain its evolution separated by four different stages. In the very initial stage, when Salt Lake City was found by LDS Church, it was fundamentally built as a isolated, self-sufficient utopia. The city was designed to be a sacred paradise and not to have contact with the outside world. However, this isolation was broken soon after the discovery of silver in Park City, which resulted in the very first influx of prospectors who were not Mormons in Salt Lake City, and for the first time, made the city center as a crowded, commercial downtown area. Such influx led Salt Lake City to a new stage, which corresponds to the stage 1 in Wyckoff’s…show more content…
As a major American airline, Delta Air Lines, began to treat Salt Lake City as one of its major hubs in the United States (flight map as figure 3), along with the completion of I-80 highway, Salt Lake City has the power to build strong relationship with any place in this world. Thanks to the 2002 Winter Olympics, Salt Lake City became not only a regional center, but also a city that strongly tied to global urban

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