Dd101 Tma01City Road

TMA 01
In light of what you have learned about City Road, describe some of the inequalities on a street which you know.
The focus of this essay is to compare the changes in City Road to a small, historic town and show how inequalities in society can be made and remade over time.   Similarly it will endeavour to explain how the use of space, the time of day and identity of people or places can make and remake those inequalities.
City Road has grown from a small country lane into a bustling city street full of traffic, businesses and people.   Similarly, Broseley High Street was once a small settlement of squatter’s cottages for workers of local industries.   During the Industrial Revolution and construction of the famous Ironbridge linking Broseley to Coalbrookdale in 1779 it became a permanent town with houses, shops, churches and a town hall.  
Blakeley et al explain ‘People and things use and compete for space differently…and sometimes there are attempts to change things in favour of one group or use rather than another’ (2009, p.28). The demolition of the High Street’s Town Hall in 1963 made way for the construction of a mini-mart which now houses the Spar Supermarket.     Just like the newsagent on City Road ('Making social lives on City Road', 2009, scene 3) family run businesses on the High Street continue to trade alongside the Spar, they have yet to be threatened by large stores like Tesco that are currently based ten to fifteen miles away in Telford.
The layout and use of space on the High Street seems to lend it to smaller traditional shops, it was only the demolition of the Town Hall that made space for the Spar.   Within a short distance a similar situation was avoided with the proposed demolition of the Victoria Hall in 1965. Developers wanted to knock it down to make way for a modern development of shops and a civic centre.   Thankfully local residents and business owners protested and it is now used to host local events for various community groups....