Tma 01

Drawing upon what you have learned about City road, outline how differences are made and remade on a street which you know.

    After studying City Road, I took a closer look at a street close to my home. At first glance, Market Street in Armagh with its Georgian buildings, locally owned businesses, bustling street markets, strikes you as being untouched and unaltered by time or society. Using my course materials I examined Market Street and studied how the buildings, locally owned shops, people’s activities, immigration,   traffic calming measures, all have an affect on how differences are made and remade and I questioned how the actions and interactions on Market Street change social patterns through time.

    Market Street, like City Road, has many independent retailers that function alongside the ‘big conglomerate shops’ such as Sainsbury’s.   Colin Buttwell (‘Making social lives on City road’, 2009, scene 3) explains that his newsagent business and others were affected by the opening of Tescos. Likewise on Market Street some family owned shops have had to close, unable to compete with Sainsbury’s and out-of-town shopping centres. Others have adapted to this change, either joining other local chains of shops, or offering more traditional goods that are not offered by the multi retailers, thus offering more choice and a personal service to customers. Dr Georgina Blakely explains this as change and continuity reshaping society resulting in winners and losers. (‘Making social lives on City road’, 2009, scene2)

    Change and continuity and the connection of people and material infrastructure discussed by Simon Bromley (‘City Road, 2009’) can be examined with the Traffic calming measures implemented on Market Street. Like city road where traffic tensions exist, it can be observed how society and the state try to resolve them, (‘Making social lives on City Road’, 2009, scene 3). Market Street road space is shared between pedestrians, parked cars and...