Sparkbrook to Springfield – 2 (Environment)

Running from near the city centre to Hall Green, this set takes an arbitrary cross-section of sights from Sparkbrook, Sparkhill and Springfield. These areas are mostly populated by people of Pakistani origin, whether that be through their family or newly arrived, but the Irish were the first generation to immigrate here in the 20th century. Many people I spoke to liked the communal atmosphere of the area and one mentioned it was a kind of safe haven for women wearing the hajib. Conversely, other people I spoke to, mainly outside the area, were less positive about the changes and had the perception of an insular community.

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About Rob Gilbert

Civil engineer and amateur photographer.
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