Drawing on what you have learned about City Road, outline some of the inequalities on a street that you Know
Using what I have learned in my study materials, I will compare Green
Lanes to City Road, Cardiff for either their similarities or differences relating to
Inequalities. Green Lanes is rich in the multicultural area and is home to many
diverse communities and retail businesses similar to City Road.
One of the visible inequality on Green Lanes is the traffic infrastructure. It’s
a constant tension and imbalance of social order to meet the needs of both
motorists and pedestrians. The numerous controlled crossings, although help
pedestrians access their ...view middle of the document...
George’s also has scenic pictures of London landmarks on the wall, and the
décor makes it look like an English café, whilst maintaining the Greek sense of
community. This can also be seen on City road in one of the restaurants there
called the Mezza Luna. Owned by Nof Al-Kelaby, it contains an Arabic theme,
whilst also honouring the Welsh heritage by including the Welsh dragon. Both
restrarunts have made more than one culture feel invited and welcome.
Another inequality I have observed on City Road and Green Lanes is how
the impact of the arrival of franchises such as Tescos have had on small,
independent business, such as newsagents. In the Making Social Lives DVD,
Lloyd Barker talks to one particular newsagents that has been established
since 1930, now owned and run by Colin Buttwell. Although the arrival of
Tescos hasn’t put him out of business, he does talk about the arrival of Spar
25yrs ago, forcing one of his competitors to close their business.
Comparing this to Green Lanes, I found a difference in the impact of arrival
of franchises. Tesco’s opened an Express store amidst lots of grocers
supplying Greek Produce. Tesco’s is a thriving, popular business, bringing in
copious amounts of customers. Having a car park, advantages the company
also, as this makes it easier for motorists to quickly stop off on the way to and from work. However, in a mostly Greek community, the local shops have
survived, effortlessly relying on loyalty...