Outline Some Inequalities on a Street You Know

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

In my essay I will look at some inequalities I have noticed on a street near me and where possible, compare them with similar ones on City Road, which is approximately a mile long and is one of the busiest roads in Cardiff.
My essay will focus on Crowthorne High Street in Berkshire. It is about ¾ of a mile long and there are many different shops, pubs and restaurants as well as a fire station, police station, library, flats above some of the shops and some small houses.
The shops line both sides of the street.
Although it has a typical village feel, it is actually a through road to various places and is normally very busy during the day and particularly during rush hours.

On Crowthorne high street, one issue I have observed recently is that more of the bigger chain shops are starting to open, which is putting great strain on the smaller businesses.
For example a Lidl supermarket opened approximately 100 metres from a small off licence that has been there for many years.
Due to the low priced alcohol that Lidl’s sell, the local off licence is forced to lower their prices to compete for the same custom. This affects them as they do not have the same economic resources that the larger chains have and this could eventually lead to the smaller shops having to close down, as many have over the last couple of years.
This is a similar situation to when the Tesco Express opened on City Road.
The shop owner, Colin Butwell says “Its knocked me a bit the Tesco’s opening two blocks up” (Making Social Lives on City Road, 2009, scene 3).

Another difference I have observed is the competition for the use of space on my street, mainly between cars and pedestrians.
There are bollards that line the pavements to stop cars driving up onto and parking on the pavements, which is the same as on City Road.
The pavements on my street are fairly...