How Some Benefit and Others Lose on a Street That You Know

I am going to describe how the society of both City Road, Cardiff and Upper Street, Islington benefit and lose from the street's facilities and infrastructure, then comparing these examples to come up with a conclusion from what I have learnt. I am going to look at the religious and ethnic inequalities and also the economical inequalities which I think best compare how some will gain and others will lose out.
Firstly, from what I have learnt from the Making Social Lives, there are shops in City road that are attempting to create a sense of community within a community to maintain identity. For example the Xquisite Africa shop that Janet Symmons owns attempts to bring some of Africa's identity to City Road
'Janet Symmons contributes to making social lives on City road through the particular products she sells in her shops....making social lives in Africa as well as City road' (Blakeley et al, 2012, p23). This is great for the local African community and Janet, but for others, this shop would not be of any use as the products are specific for the target market. In Upper Street, there aren’t any boutique shops like Janet’s but a huge amount of choice for the different ethnic food varieties instead in an attempt to create that sense of welcoming for ethnic communities in the North London suburb. Problem is that there are so many of the same cuisines all offering similar, that business competition becomes a huge factor, hence why there is a huge turnover of shops in Upper Street.
Furthermore, Upper Street is very well known for its daytime shopping and coffee shops but a very intense nightlife in the evenings. Some would say almost unsafe and avoiding certain stretches of the street at particular times. This is great for the local student and younger population wanting to have all-night drinking and partying sessions but very bad for the locals who live on the high street having to listen to it or have to travel through it, not to mention some of the older...