Dd101 Tma03

TMA01 – DD101

Drawing on what you have learned from the Making Social Lives DVD and Learning Companion 1, outline how some benefit and some lose on a street that you know.

The Street I have chosen is Stevens Place.   Unlike City Road this is a street with little history.   Until as recently as 13 years ago Stevens Place was simply sprawling farmland surrounding the County Town of Wiltshire.   It is approximately a quarter of a mile long, purpose built and houses both retail and residential properties.  
Stevens Place has just 8 businesses: hairdressers, shoes, charity shop, chemist, small supermarket, carpets and a couple of takeaway food places.   Most of these shops have been there since the street opened and are well established.   Unlike City Road there are no shops aimed specifically at ethnic groups. The supermarket is a small franchised store which sells generic convenience groceries alongside a plethora of daily essentials such as stationery, sewing kits and superglue.   Larger weekly shopping trips are usually done at one of the three large supermarkets in the town about two miles away.   Colin Butwell laments that the new Tesco opening had a direct impact on his business (The Open University, 2009) whereas the Co-op in Stevens Place was a welcome addition to local facilities since the 3 large supermarkets are already well established nearby. The only new shop to open has been a pound shop, which may be an indication of the current economic downturn.
The people who use the street are mainly local.   A mixture of young, old, and families who are, in direct contrast to City Road, predominantly white British. As a local resident with good community links to the schools I am aware of 3 or 4 different cultures living locally, but in a school of almost 500 children, the minorities are clearly a minority. One major difference from City Road is that Stevens Place is a “no through road” and, whilst this is beneficial to the people using the area in terms of ease...