Drawing on what you have learned about City Road, outline some of the inequalities on a street that you know.
Close observation of the activity on London Road in Brighton & Hove and City Road in Cardiff has identified a number of inequalities. Conflicts of interest and competition for space and resources seem to be a common theme in both of these busy and eclectic streets. By comparing these two roads it can be seen that although there are obvious differences, some of the same disparities exist in both communities.
Many changes have taken place in both streets in recent decades and these dynamic environments are shaped by and adapt to those changes. Georgina Blakely suggests in her ...view middle of the document...
The Council states in its ‘transport and movement’ document (2005), ‘…over reliance on car travel…can increase isolation for people without access to cars disproportionately affecting older people, women, disabled people and the less well off…’ and it suggest that this can be the difference between ‘…poverty and a decent standard of living.’ However, what can be seen by some as the removal of an inequality can be seen by others as the creation of a new inequality, that being between the increase in accessibility and usability of the public transport system and the perceived negative impact on the small business owner.
Some of these same small businesses present another example of inequity which can be seen in the changes in the focus of consumerism in the high street. It is argued by Helen Rimmer, (Evidence in Social Sciences, 2009),that the disparity of power and influence of the large supermarkets and the consolidation of goods into one retail outlet, is responsible for the decline of the high street, and she sites the figure of 50 small businesses closing each week. This shift in peoples shopping habits can be clearly seen in London Road with the closure of many of the more traditional high street shops, and this seems to be mirrored in the experience of the newsagent in City Road. (‘Making Social Lives’, 2009, scene 3).
Helen Rimmer also argues that this move away from high street shopping has created a negative cycle of decline,...