Suburban Development along an Highway Interchange
The above figure depicts the spatial structure commonly
found in contemporary
suburban or exurban developments in North America. The highway interchange is the
leading structural influence on land uses with a gradient-like effect.
Next to the interchange (highest accessibility and visibility) retailing
activities, such as restaurants, shopping malls and hotels can be found.
A little bit further are offices, manufacturing and warehousing activities
and, finally, residential areas (mostly single family homes, but
apartment buildings in areas of higher accessiblity). Obviously, this land use pattern is
dependent on road transportation, but some industrial activities
could have rail connections.