Drawing on What You Have Learned About City Road, Outline Some of the Inequalities on a Street That You Know.

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 commentary in ‘making Social Lives on City Road’ (2009, scene 3), that in this need to adapt, some old inequalities are re-dressed, some re-enforced and new inequalities created. This can be seen in public transport initiatives which are high on the agenda of most, if not all towns and cities and this has lead to the introduction of policies aimed at reducing personal car use and creating a more accessible transport system. The café owner in City Road (‘Making Social Lives,’ 2009, scene 5) raises an interesting example of how conflicts of interest can arise when the state attempts to re-dress existing inequalities. He states that the introduction of bus lanes in Cardiff road will have a negative affect on his business with the reduction in road side parking. In this he also touches on a less immediately visible inequity; that between the state and the citizen and a sense of being powerless in the face of this change.
London road differs from City Road in that the buses are well used and run a 24 hour service.

The local council has taken steps to re-dress the historic inequality of accessibility of public transport between the able bodied and the...