Drawing on what you have learned about City Road, describe how material things help to create winners and losers on a street that you know.
For the purposes of this essay, I will be discussing the High Street in Claydon. Claydon is a small, historical, country town with a diverse centre. Along with a row of shops catering to specific and general needs, there are a large number of public houses, restaurants, takeaways, coffee shops and historical points of interests.
Due to Claydon being a historical town, there is a steady trickle of tourism coming through the High Street. One of the biggest and most obvious points of interest is the Old Chapel, a stone structure over three hundred and fifty years old. Years ago, as the name suggests, it was used as a chapel. Today, the chapel is a museum and part of the national trust. This has a mixed effect. When tourists come to visit, this benefits a lot of the local business owners. The hotels and restaurants take more bookings and the small ‘quaint’ local shops gain more custom. Just outside the chapel there is a market, so the market traders benefit from tourists walking through to see their wares. Depending on where the tourists are staying, the taxi companies can also see a raise in volume of business. On this side of the coin everyone is a winner, however whilst tourism boosts trade and in turn the lives of some people, there are others whom it hinders. When the hustle and bustle of the High Street is enhanced, local disabled residents and mothers with small children find it increasingly hard to get around town. This makes it difficult for them to get to the market and High Street shops to get food shopping, necessities or even just their social interaction. For them, this can mean losing out.
At night, when the chapel is closed and the market packed away, the pubs come alive. There are several pubs on the High Street and each caters to a different crowd. Mostly they are aimed at the younger crowd, two aimed...
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