You are hereHome › Hal Marcus College of Science & Engineering (CSE) › Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences › Meyer-Arendt, Klaus J. › Recreational business districts in Gulf of Mexico seaside resorts Style APAChicagoHarvardIEEEMLATurabian Choose the citation style. Meyer-Arendt, K. J. (1990). Recreational business districts in Gulf of Mexico seaside resorts. Journal of Cultural Geography, 11(1), 39-55. Download PDF Recreational business districts in Gulf of Mexico seaside resorts Details Type Academic Journal Article Title Recreational business districts in Gulf of Mexico seaside resorts Contributor(s) Meyer-Arendt, Klaus J. (author) Located In Journal of Cultural Geography ISSN 0887-3631 Volume 11 Issue 1 Start Page 39 End Page 55 Date 1990 Abstract Within the body of literature addressing tourism imprints upon the cultural landscape, the recreational business district (RBD) has been identified as a key component of a resort area, and the seaside has been no exception. Comprised of tourist-oriented businesses and historically focused upon the beach, incipient RBDs evolved at seaside termini of railroads, highways, and footpaths. Construction of bathhouses, casinos or beach hotels at these sites was followed by nearby clustering of secondary and tertiary recreational enterprises. Lateral expansion of coastal roads often led to RBD elongation, but RBD core areas usually remained as the central focus of tourist activity. Variations in RBD development have resulted from shifts in beach access corridors and/ or 'redevelopment' of older resort landscapes. A long the shores of the Gulf of Mexico, the RBD persists as an artifact of the touristic landscape.