Distribution of Buxibans and Surrounding Businesses

Types of Businesses on the Nanyang Street
Data Analysis of the Interviews with Businesses








From the two maps below, one being distribution of businesses around the Nanyang Street , the other distribution of officially registered buxibans, the interdependence between buxibans and businesses in that areas is self-evident.

The first map is designed in accordance with the data gathered from our previous visit to the Nanyang Street , including the names of the businesses and their address plates. The number of businesses in our area of research amounts to 152, all located on the ground floor. (cf. various types of businesses) The second map, on the other hand, is made by means of t he website “All Cities or Counties Short-term Buxiban Information Management System” designed by the Ministry of Education; regardless of the floor where they a re situated, 74 registered buxibans are shown in the area of research, each of which represents a blue spot on the map.

Since the businesses in that area come in different “sizes,” small food stands that scattered around without address plates are left out by the electronic map. Beyond that, some stores have triangular windows, or are so spacious that each of them covers two plates. These variables are uncontrollable in the process of recording or sorting geographical information. Thus, the red spots in the first map merely indicate general distribution, rather than precise location, of businesses.

Furthermore, buxibans nowadays usually draw together in office buildings, such as the Shou-De Building on the Xu-Chang Street and the No.30 building on the Kongyuan Road , where more than ten buxibans, registered or unregistered, are up and running. Care needs to be taken in looking at the second distribution map, which can hardly show this overlapping.

Two maps compared, we find:

1. At the intersection of Xiang-Yang Road and Guan-Chien Road , where several renowned financial organizations are located, there is no buxiban at all. Other types of businesses, most of which are drugstores and travel agencies, are also few and far between and less related to students.

2. In the area of research, the two distributions almost “overlap” with each other. Where buxibans are nowhere to be seen, stores are scarce.

3. Buxibans expand from the Nanyang Street , while various stores spread out from the Xu-Chang Street . Considering the distribution map and the information about buxiban registration, the density of buxiban distribution is the highest in the Shou-De Building on the Nanyang Street ; but the number of those on the Guan-Chien Road and Gong-Yuan Road has surged in recent years. Buxibans are not confined to the Nanyang Street , and stores dot around them to suit the needs of throngs of students.


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