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APHG- Windshield Geographer Project Bethel Ct

Mrs. Galbraith's AP Human Geography project. A visual tour of Bethel Connecticut, which compares and contrasts the geographical and cultural patterns that exist in our backyards.

Sean-Hector Toland Matos

on 4 October 2013

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Transcript of APHG- Windshield Geographer Project Bethel Ct

Mrs. Galbraith, Period 5
8,809 males
9,258 females

A Picturesque View of Bethel
By: Kiana Yup, Colton Zuvich, and Sean-Hector Toland Matos
Extra Photos
Latitude- 41° 22′ 27″ N
Longitude- 73° 23′ 42″ W

Brief Description- A close-knit New England community, founded in 1855 when it seceded from Danbury. Bethel''s small town feel and local businesses shy away from corporate globalization and retains colonial american values dispersed through its culture. While a white majority dominates the towns composition, there is a growing diversity among the towns population which represents many international cultures and political ideologies. As a town, Bethel includes social services such as Police and fire stations, a camber of commerce, town hall, and public schools K-12.

Region- New England
Relative Location/Neighboring Towns- Danbury, Redding, Newtown, Brookfield.
Population- 18,584
Elevation- 433.7 feet

Site/Physical Geography- A hilly and dense forest landscape. A warm temperature climate, defined by 4 distinct seasons. Bethel contains a suitable climate and soil for vegetation and agricultural purposes. Bethel''s topography includes a developed city-like downtown, with a rural suburban outskirts.
Political Demographics
Age-Sex Diagrams
Fairfield County
Danbury and Fairfield County
Ethnic Breakdown
Regions & Culture
CT Population Pyramid: http://www.ct.gov/dph/cwp/view.asp?a=3132&q=388152
Fairfield County Population Pyramid: http://suburbanstats.org/population/connecticut/how-many-people-live-in-fairfield-county
Bethel Population Info: http://censtats.census.gov/data/CT/0600900104720.pdf
Racial Breakdowns: http://censusviewer.com
The Putnam House is housed in a 1852 Victorian style mansion, allowing the architecture to showcase the diversity of Bethel's cultural landscape. Serving primarily continental styled dishes, the restaurant also reflects the ancestry of the town, and is a remainder of the mass migration and movement that the Europeans undertook to reach the United States a century ago.
a. Republicans versus Democrats
i. Bethel consists of both of America’s prominent political party’s, as members from both sides debate over the future of the land. Politicians utilize the geography to set up campaign stations and market the leaders throughout the town.
b. Knickerbocker and Straiton vs. Duff and Szatkowski
i. The major two leaders of these dissenting political demographics are Knickerbocker (democrat) and Duff (republican). There are other political parties such as the Independent’s and Tea Party which also carry small minorities in Bethel. Currently, Matthew Knickerbocker is the first-selectmen of the town. He and the town’s chair is responsible for managing the towns environment, housing, zoning, and special distribution among other political and economic responsibilities.
Republicans- 24.84%
Democratic- 23.68&
Unaffiliated- 50.58%
Minor Parties- 0.90%
Situated by P.T. Barnum Square, O'Neil's Sandwich and Coffee Bar is a relatively new addition to the town, opening its doors six years ago. With a menu that serves the ''traditional to the innovative,'' O'Neil's provides a mix between old and new Bethel.
With its relative location being the Grassy Plain
area, the Bethel Chinese Kitchen is an easily accessible restaurant. Founded by Chinese immigrants (an example of movement), the restaurant is a model of a Globalizing Bethel, serving Asian cuisine to a mostly white population.
Established in 1998, the Whitlock's Restaurant serves steak, seafood, and pasta. This combination of dishes is typically American, and although a newer locale, still manages to capture the essence of modern American culture.
An Italian restaurant, the locale reflects
the well known fact that Italians compose
of the largest ancestry group in Bethel.
The restaurant is also situated by P.T.
Barnum square giving it the luxury of
having an accessible relative location.
The Daily Fare is located in the Bethel Train Station and serves as a breakfast bakery for commuters boarding the train to New York.
Tonelli's Restaurant located on what is now Route 53 and has been serving Bethel for over 23 years. Known for its American and Italian fare, Tonelli's as been a popular gathering for families in search of a sit down meal run by a generational restaurant.
Bethel's Movement features are defined by its suburban region. Seeing that Bethel is both aggregated in the downtown area and scattered towards the rural outskirts.
In regards to Bethel's situation, and relative location to New York City, our train station greatly attracts commutators.
Sycamore, a famous restaurant for its authentic decor and car shows from May through September. The tree standing next to the restaurant is the actual Sycamore tree that the site is named after.
The Sycamore tree located near the restaurant on the corner of Route 53 and the end of Greenwood Avenue.
People greatly rely on both automotive transportation, and public transportation to get around. Bethel also houses a school bus company (DatCo) in transporting children to school.
An example of commercialized restaurant permeating Bethel, along with Peachwave and Subway.
All landmarks are places that are used as markings to differentiate between areas and locate places based on these specific places
Shell gas station and Dunkin' Donuts see at the focal point of the town alongside Greenwood Avenue. Demonstrates a modernized building structure in juxtaposition to the older styles found throughout Bethel.
Bethel is notorious for it's bicycle culture, and prominently displays it's main bike shop, Bethel Cycle, proudly in the center of town in the old train station. Inhabitants frequently travel via bike, including our first selection (Matt Knickerbocker).
As a small town, Bethel lacks abundant opportunity for business,
resulting in movement of some business owners.
Municipal Center is the node of Bethel. The Municipal Center provides information on Bethel's civic life and to answer question about the town.
Bethel contains a central United States Postal Service right in town to maintain the "traditional" spreading of idea. But also embodies our citizens online culture by delivering internet bought purchases.
Although a small town and seemingly isolated, the inhabitants of this town tend to be patriotic citizens with a touch of nationalism. This is inspired by the close sense of community and the fact that the area has a recognizable center and focal point.
Other buildings such as the one shown above are historical landmarks that can identified by the small eagle above the front doorway. The small sign on the porch gives a brief description of this house.
Signs are important to Bethel's culture as many store's utilize "Bethel" in their title (i.e. Bethel Food Market, Bethel Cinema, Bethel's Chamber of Commerce. This demonstrates the towns tight-knit this community. Other notable signs (particularly landmarks/restaurants) emphasize Bethel's cultural identity and remarkable locations.
Belardinelli Tire Company is a family run business that provides 'honest and thorough' automatize repair and tire sales to customers in Bethel. Other stores can be found in Newtown, Danbury and surrounding areas.
The abundance of nature mixed in with the urban environment is a reminder of the area's suburban-rural reality, as well as the people's values and culture of being environmentally conciseness.
The statues that occupy the location of downtown Bethel reveal the history of the area and add richness to the town's cultural landscape.
The older structures that reside in Bethel are featured in this photograph. They are kept to preserve the cultural landscape and to provoke a cognitive image of a traditional New England town.
Although a multinational corporation might not seem to have a place in a ''small town locale,'' Bethel's inhabitants have embraced these businesses, particularly banks and convenience stores, as much as local business, and they continue to thrive and supply jobs in the regional area.
Local businesses do as well as these multinational
corporations, and often times incorporate different
cultural elements into their product or service. This
is a tribute to how cultural diffusion has played such a major role in the development of Bethel.
Corporations in Bethel extend just beyond banks,
however, they can be few and far between, making this power management company, an abberation.
While traditionally technology companies have stuck to dense areas and cities, they have propagated and diffused to more rural areas such as Bethel, and have been successful since. However, they are still a minority and an aberration.
The downtown Bethel area holds many differing
styles of architecture, yet most are older styles. The town hall is colonially styled, and reminds residents of the cultural origins of the town.
In 1899 PT Barnum donated a copper fountain to the town of Bethel. Unfortunately the fountain was left on the following winter and eventually froze, leading to its ultimate demise. The pipes within the expanded and in turn cracmed the fountain. In its place is now the current monument to commerate our war veterans.
The tree lighting is a traditional gathering that takes place around the Christmas break. On this day hundreds of Bethelites congregate in PT Barnum Square to watch as the is lit up, initiating the holiday season.
Here is a statue of the original Phineas Taylor Barnum who's name is commonly found throughout the town. This statue is a likely depiction of Barnum and a quote speaking of his time residing in Bethel.
Victorian styled architecture was widely utilized throughout the town, as seen in many of the houses found along main street Greenwood Avenue. These houses were based off the stylistic architecture of the 1800's and are also known for being important buildings of their time periods. Today they are used for both commercial usages as well as family homes.
The original BHS sign above the entrance way of the current municipal center.
There are many Christian churches that can be found throughout Bethel, such as Catholicism and Methodist buildings. Although these are just a few of the many different churches found along main street, they demonstrates the diversity in religions and cultures. One of the larger churches that is not featured also includes the Saint Mary's Church.
As Bethel has grown with the ever changing economy, new businesses have poured into the town. As smaller family run shops are overrun by larger corporations such as Dunkin' Donuts and Shell Gas Stations, stores similarly to A Stitch in Time are against a larger scale of competition. The eventual growth and development of Bethel has rapidly changed from a small town to a growing suburbia.
Fairfield county
Fairfield County
Wild, Patrick Tierney. Historic Tales of Bethel, Connecticut. Charleston, SC: History, 2011. Print.
"Home - Town of Bethel, CT." Home - Town of Bethel, CT. N.p., n.d. Web. 03 Oct. 2013.
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