[[abstract]]Business activities along Beishin Road district of commerce in Shindian has passed through the era of river transportation in Ching Dynasty, railway transportation of the Wanshin railroad during Japanese occupation, the paving of the Beishin Road after Taiwan Restoration, and finally the construction of the MRT (Mass Rapid Transit) system. The evolution of these four phases brought a mass amount of people which lead to complex business activities and business structure. The researcher presumes that the introduction of metropolitan vehicles or transportation system may have promoted the development of different patterns in the business structure along Beishin Road, making it worthwhile for further investigation. The research of the impact of MRT is thus the background and motivation of this thesis. The methodology of this research is conducted with non-participative observation, targeting the ground floor shops along Beishin Road. The aim is to investigate the influence of the Shindian Line of the MRT to business structures along Beishin Road. By paying visits to all shops involved, data of the business structure and C.B.D. (Central Business District) of each segment is gathered and then analyzed to examine the influence of the MRT system by means of correlation analysis and descriptive statistics. The specific objectives of this research are the study of the business structure within different segments along Beishin Road, the C.B.D. of different segments, the correlation analysis of C.B.D. ratio for each research segment, the business types of all segments and its corresponding correlation analysis, the characteristics of the shoppers in terms of the entrance and exit of the MRT, and the influence of the space of the shopping arcade to the development of business activities along Beishin Road.
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