Downtown, the Central Business District: Land Use Issues in the U.S. & Abroad


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What is the geographic and commercial center of a city called?

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1. What is possible disadvantage to locating a business in a CBD?

2. Which of the following is a characteristic of a CBD?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

In many cities, downtown is a centrally located area dominated by retail businesses and office space, and supported by essential infrastructure such as transportation hubs, parking areas and small common spaces like parks and plazas. This quiz/worksheet combo will help you understand the traditional land use patterns of downtown neighborhoods.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on:

  • The term for the geographic and commercial center of a city
  • Another term for the downtown area
  • Characteristics of downtown areas
  • Common building types in downtown areas
  • Who is most likely to pay high rent to secure a spot in a downtown area

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet lets students practice the following skills:

  • Knowledge application - use your understanding of urban land use patterns to answer questions about the features of downtown in cities
  • Distinguishing differences - understand the unique features and functions of downtown areas
  • Critical thinking - use your understanding of urban land use to examine the practice of congregating businesses in a cluster and limiting residences in a different light

Additional Learning

To learn more, review the accompanying lesson on features of downtown in cities. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Understand the characteristics of downtowns
  • Understand the economics of urban center land use
  • Know the scale of downtown areas
  • Define central business district