As demonstrated on City Road ('Making social lives on City Road', 2009), many people use the same roads, visit the same shops and communicate with the same people, but this does not mean these people are the same. We all perceive people, places and objects differently and our perceptions of these define how we live our lives. Differences between the ways we live depend on our connections to people and places, and how we use these differences to our advantage.
I am studying the Denton section of Hyde Road, and how hundreds of people use this street in different ways to live their lives.
A difference is made between the ways people from different ethnic backgrounds are facilitated for. In City Road, Janet Symmons ('Making social lives on City Road', 2009, scene 2) has a shop which provides materials from different parts of the world, such as food and hair products, that are bought by a variety of people who want to keep their own ethnic identities in the City Road communities. Hyde Road differs from this because there are no such shops. As a lot further down the road in a town called Gorton has many African shops, takeaways and hairdressers, many non-British people choose to live there. This explains why walking down Hyde Road we do not see a diversity within the ethnicity of people. This difference has been made over time because as more African people move out of our community, there are less business opportunities available to facilitate them. As more African people move to Gorton, more businesses will open there and therefore the difference continues to grow.
Many people use Hyde Road to get to somewhere else and because of this there are; countless bus stops for the main bus route to Manchester, numerous crossings for pedestrians to be able to safely cross the busy road to get to Crown Point North Retail Park, and also a very busy main junction. There are 3 pedestrian crossings within 200 metres, which helps facilitate pedestrians use the road as well...
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