Tma 1 Dd101

I have chosen to use our local thurough fair in my village, The Street, Little Clacton, Essex (hereafter refered to as (LC)). It is the centre of a small village with   prodominently residential properties.   In the following paragraphs I will outline how those that live and work on The Street benefit and lose.   The Street has several small retail establishments including a pub, post office,(encompassed in a mini market style store) and a DIY store. They are centrered around a busy road with a pedestian crossing and bus stop utiliesd by commercial and school busses. Whlst on initial inspection there seem few similarities between both streets I will try to show how this is not always the case.

The pedestrian crossing is located between the pub and chemist and enables many to cross safley on this busy road. This is a similar use of street planning as that discussed in the Material Lives section of Making Social Lives [DVD] Dr Elizabeth Silva asks   Rodney Berman what the purpose of the street crossing scheme is and he responds that “The purpose of that is to make it easier for people to cross the road. “Er we have crossing points at various places, some are proper controlled crossings, where you have traffic lights and pedestrian crossings, but we can’t have that everywhere because it would slow the traffic up too much. But people do want to cross the road at other points as well so we’ve put these traffic islands in er to make it easier for them to do so.”   Clearly the traffic on City road is controlled by these crossing points as opposed to the Street in Little Clacton that only has one pedestrian crossing. People cross at other points on The Street, however the traffic flows freely in comparrison to City road. The cars often park on the pavement and are not necceserily observant of pedestrians. I feel this showes   that the pedestrians lose and the traffick benefits on The Street in direct contrast to City Road. The following quote also demonstrates how the...