Activity center is an urban area which concentrates some functions (e.g. business, shopping, recreation) and therefore attracts large number of people.
Types of activity centers
There are several types of activity centers:
- business activity center - concentrates offices, banks, business services, sometimes also business parks,
- shopping activity center - concentrates large number of shops, usually also services, movie theaters,
- recreation activity center - concentrates parks, recreation facilities, zoos, water parks,
Activity centers in large cities
The contemporary trend is removal of the private transportation from the city center. Instead, city centers are being converted into large activity centers that contain shops, restaurants, cafeterias, offices, leisure places, small parks, etc.
This kind of centers has less business meaning, and more social. People can meet and spend time together
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