Describe How Material Thinks Help Create Winners and Losers on a Street You Know

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This essay describes how material things on a street I know help to create both winners and losers. The street chosen is Chatsworth Road, a busy street leading into the town centre eastbound and to the Peak District westbound. A winner can quite simply be described as a person or thing that wins things (The Oxford Popular Dictionary, 1990, p939). In the context of this essay, a winner could be described as a person or group that benefits from material aspects of the street being examined. A definition given by the Oxford Popular Dictionary for a loser is a person or thing that is “deprived of” [something] (The Oxford Paperback Dictionary 1990, p482). This essay will attempt to explain why people or groups are “deprived of” or suffer a detriment due to the material things that make up Chatsworth Road.

Claire – this is an excellent introduction, well done.

In recent years, Chatsworth Road has changed significantly. New stylish apartments have replaced an old snooker club, fashionable coffee houses and bistros have opened up and down the street and CCTV cameras follow evening drinkers safely home from the numerous bars. The new developments create winners of the younger, working generation who have benefited from a street being tailored more in line with their wants and needs, both day and night. The perception of safety on Chatsworth Road shouldn’t be assumed. However, the introduction of CCTV cameras and adequate, maintained street lighting all help to keep the socialisers safer when out and in reality, crime figures show crime has decreased in and around the area over the last 3 years (police.uk). The perception of City Road described by a young girl playing pool, was that it was an unsafe or a rough street to be on at night. A local policeman then told the audience that this perception was the opposite of the actual situation, similar to the situation on Chatsworth Road (Making social lives on City Road, 2009, Scene 8). The apartments have brought new...
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