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This essay is going to reflect changes on what I remember of my street from my childhood in the 1980s and how my street differs from that of City Road.

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This essay is going to reflect changes on what I remember of my street from my childhood in the 1980s and how my street differs from that of City Road. Brandon Shopping Centre is the main shopping area of Motherwell. Brandon Shopping Centre is a pedestrian only area. This is totally different to City Road which has heavy traffic at most times of the day. This is just one of the major differences between Brandon Shopping Centre and City Road, the other areas of difference I will cover will be shop types, cleanliness, mobility, day and night use and the people who shop there. Motherwell was once the steel production capital of Scotland. 1(Wikipedia) this meant until the closure of Ravenscraig Steel Works in 1992, Motherwell was a wealthy town. ...read more.

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The main shopping area itself is well kept, there are street cleaners always to be seen, rubbish bins are never over flowing, street lights are always working and there are never any loose paving?s, all shops have double doors and are all on one level, so there are never any problems for wheel chairs and prams. There is a place to hire out mobility scooters for the less mobile and there is seating almost every 200 yards. There are also public toilets that are staffed, kept clean and sanitary. During the day, mainly between 9am and 5pm you will see many people in Brandon Shopping Centre, not as many as the 1980?s though as a lot of people now shop in Hamilton or Glasgow. Motherwell is more diverse now than in the 1980?s. ...read more.

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Wishaw, Bellshill and Hamilton. One of the good things about Brandon Shopping Centre is there are a lot of listed buildings, so although the shop names and window displays have changed the area itself has a good mix of modern and dated but well kempt, I think this adds to the character. I think one of the unusual aspects of Brandon Shopping Centre is although there are no flats above shops, unlike those seen on City Road. There is a 17 floor multi story tower block that sits above some of the shops, this I have never seen anywhere else, this in my opinion makes Brandon Shopping Centre unique. This assignment has helped me see my street in a different way, when you live in an area you take a lot of details for granted and you don?t see a lot of things that make your street unique but also share similarities to other streets and you also notice people more too. ...read more.

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