Drawing on what you have learned from the Making Social Lives DVD and Learning Companion 1, outline how some benefit and others lose on a street you know.
For this assignment, I decided to take a closer look at my local road, Wolseley Road, Plymouth, to see what differences and similarities lie between this and City Road, Cardiff.
First thing that I noticed straight away is that this is a predominantly white area, and there are no other ethnicities to be found other than those working in either the Chinese takeaway or the Indian takeaway. These both also had local people from the area staffing the front reception, with those of other races in the kitchens out the back, and hardly seen. This is a far cry from City Road, with all different races and religions coming together as one. Here on this street, there are no different cultures celebrated here unlike the sari shop and African shop that feature in the Making Social Lives DVD. The takeaway owners however benefit from the unhealthy eating habits, and creating convenience for the residents of the street.
Wolseley Road is a main road that connects various different parts of the city to the city centre. It has a main shopping area, with houses all around. This is largely housing association homes, and shops such as pawn shops and a Lidl reflect that this is a poverty stricken area. This has a similarity with City Road, as they too had pawn shops and a Western Union, in order to help those struggling financially in a modern day society. The large stores such as Lidl, Tesco and Co-op nestled all together make it harder for independent shop owners to survive, while providing more choices to the people who use them.
There is also a beauty salon located on my local street which offers cut price tanning and treatments, to be able to cater for its general clientele, as does the hairdressing salon next door to it. However, the hairdresser also offers such luxuries as hair extensions, although these are offered at a much...