- Riverside, Cardiff
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Riverside (Welsh: "Glan yr Afon") is an
inner-cityarea of Cardiff, Wales. The electoral wardcan be split into two very different parts, Riverside and Pontcanna.
Riverside-proper, south of Cowbridge Road East, consists mainly of terraced houses and is a focus for much of the city's ethnic minority population, with sizeable communities of
Bangladeshis, Sikhand Chinese, particularly around Tudor Street which has a strongly ethnic feel to it.
Although one of Cardiff's poorer areas, Riverside has much to offer with many Chinese,
Halal, Indian, and West Indianshops selling a range of foods. The Riverside Community Market Association has also made great strides in recent years by gradually building up a weekly Sunday Farmers' market.
Other signs of regeneration include the area becoming the focus for Cardiff's rapidly expanding budget accommodation with three
backpackinghostels in close proximity to each other.
A number of charities also operate in Riverside including
The Samaritans, and The Wallich Clifford Community project. Pontcannaon the other hand, is a very well to do area of wide tree-lined streets and large houses. It is a gentrified "media Village" with a cafe culture-lifestyle centred around Pontcanna Street and Cathedral Road. It is interesting demographically due to both its large English born population and large Welsh languagespeaking political and media class. Sophia Gardensis home to the Glamorgan County Cricket Club, and the Welsh Institute of Sport.
electoral wardfalls into the parliamentary constituencyof Cardiff West. It is bounded by the wards of Gabalfato the north; Cathays to the east; Grangetown to the south; and Canton and Llandaffto the west.
Situated on the Riverside section of
Cowbridge Road East, "Cardiff & District Samaritans" are one of the area's more visible voluntary organisations.
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* [http://www.geograph.org.uk/search.php?i=2774348 www.geograph.co.uk : photos of Riverside and surrounding area]
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