The Street Patterns of the Four Districts in Macau Peninsula
According to the different periods of urban development, Macau’s present street structure is under a more patchwork pattern. It can be divided into four big districts from the whole Macau Peninsula: the southwest, central, north and southeast. Different districts are relatively under independent systems with their own patterns.
As shown in the figure of the southwest district, it starts from the boundary of (1) Avenida de Almeida Riberiro, with the most historical quarters. This district has greater penetration bypass through (2) Rua das Lorchas and (3) Rua do Almirante Sergio which are more integrated. Yet the district consists of less integration inside with more independent roads and areas which are more isolated from the greater urban context. In the central district, it has a much higher accessibility compared to the southwest district. It is more like a wheel structure where the roads are under a compact structure and interconnected with each other. This forms a highly dense street network in the district.
The north district is developed through the reclamation. It has a few roads extended from the central district and it forms its own independent system. This is a commercial district which is mainly formed by two relatively grid systems of areas with a few long street extending out to reach the boundary from Gongbei Port. Similarly to the north district, the southeast district is also a newly developed reclamation district with an independent grid system. There are several large casinos such as Lisboa and Wynn located at the west and near the central district, which may serve as an attraction connecting this district to others and increase the circulation flow into this district.
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