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Downtown Dynamics

Series: Agent-Based Social Systems, Vol. 12

Kaneda, Toshiyuki (Ed.)

2015, VI, 194 p. 50 illus.

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  • About this book

  • Presents findings from data analyses based on a series of original surveys conducted over more than a decade
  • Reviews existing shop-around behavior models and an exploration of Downtown Dynamics modeling through gaming and simulation
  • Explains the development of ASSA (Agent Simulator of Shop-Around) visitors by an intelligent agent-based approach and the findings from its simulation analyses
Downtown revitalization has become an important policy issue, especially in advanced countries. In the more than 50 years since Jane Jacobs’s critique, the mechanism of the formation and decline of downtowns has been the subject of much controversy. It has been argued that the agglomeration and attractiveness of downtown are supported by the internal diversity of downtown. However, because many controversies have remained in the discourse, few metrical analyses using operational system models based on survey data have been attempted. In this book, the authors identify the principle of the dynamics of downtown through microscopic re-interpretation of existing macroscopic spatial interaction models and meso-scale model construction from the microscopic point of view. Focusing especially on shop-around behaviors of downtown visitors as the key concept, the authors address (1) a rich trove of facts based on findings from a series of surveys conducted over more than a decade, (2) a review of existing shop-around behavior models and an exploration of a Downtown Dynamics model through gaming simulation, and (3) construction of a “boundedly-rational but intelligent” visitor agent model, development of ASSA (agent simulator of shop-around) visitors by such an intelligent agent-based approach, and implications of its simulation analyses. The book describes a research program to explore the mechanistic principle of Downtown Dynamics, especially the role of diversity that brings “co-evolution” both to visitors and to shop configuration in downtown areas. Included is a novel research program derived from complexity system science that provides approaches to researchers and graduates of spatial economy, regional sciences, geo-informatics, and urban planning studies as well as to planning officials and practitioners such as town managers and planners who are concerned with downtown revitalization.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Downtown Dynamics - Gaming Simulation - Intelligent Agent Simulation - Shop-Around Behavior

Related subjects » Economics - Economic Theory - Game Theory / Mathematical Methods - Regional / Spatial Science

Table of contents 

Introduction Motivation Purpose and its Potential Methodology and Framework Part I:  Research Program of Downtown Dynamics Ch.1 Visitors' behavior – as the cause of agglomeration of downtown Ch.2 Diversity inside downtown and its dynamism – Fact-findings of a panel survey Ch.3 Research program of downtown dynamics Part II:  Exploring Downtown Dynamics Model  Ch.4 Review of existing studies  Ch.5 Simulation analysis by an aggregation-based shop-around visitor model Ch.6 Exploring downtown dynamics model through gaming simulation Part III:  Downtown Simulation Analyses by Intelligent Agent Approach Ch.7 Formulation of individual-based downtown dynamics model Ch.8 Redundancy analysis of downtown visitors' walk Ch.9 Bounded Rational but Intelligent -- Modeling downtown visitor agent Ch.10 Spatial simulation analyses in ASSA (Agent Simulator of Shop-Around) project  Conclusion  Major implications  Further research program References ​

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