Inequalities of a Street I Know

Drawing on what you have learned about City Road, outline some of the inequalities on a street that you know.

The street that I am going to compare to City Road is from my home village Bishopbriggs, north of Glasgow where I grew up. The village has seen similar changes to that of City Road. In this paper I hope to draw comparisons and outline inequalities in three areas, the changing of society through consumption, disposal and production in relation to the shops in Bishopbriggs, the effect on society by the changing of material infrastructure and finally the impact on people.

In the Making Social Lives DVD, Georgina Blakely points out that through the constant reshaping of society this reshaping creates some winners and losers creating new inequalities and differences (‘Making Social Lives on City Road’ 2009, Scene 3). An example of this being the newsagent Colin Buttwell who has seen a strain placed on his business as a result of the larger Tesco and Spar shops moving into the same street. In the village where I grew up, the main street was a hive of activity with shops for all the villagers’ needs. However, through the move to the bigger supermarket type shops where people can get everything they need under one roof the majority of these local shops have all ceased trading as a result of the change in shopping habits. The old shops have since seen regeneration now being reused as Pubs, Restaurants and Fast Food locations. Whilst this is also an example of how society consumes, disposes and produces the material objects around us it is exactly what has happened in City Road.

The changing infrastructure that we see in City Road can also be compared to the main street in my village. The DVD introduces us to the many types of street furniture that can be found on City Road which is similar in some aspects to what has happened on the main street in my village (‘Material Lives’ 2009, Scene 1). These days the main street is simply a conduit for traffic to flow...