One in every nine shops now stands empty, says the British Retail Consortium:…….Meanwhile, Britain has become Europe’s leading e-retail economy: though the internet accounts for only about a tenth of all sales,
Me, I think I’d put “because” in place of that “meanwhile”.
But so great are the countervailing forces that only so much can be done to revive retail, and restoring vibrancy to the high street may mean going back to the future. Segregated shopping parades are relatively new, set – literally – in stone by the zoning policies of post-war planners. For most of human history, town centres have been far more eclectic – and exciting – places where people have lived, worked, sought information and entertainment, learnt skills, and exchanged experiences as well as shopped.
Yes, OK, Ms. Jacobs. Organic growth, not planning. Let people get on with it and towns and cities will indeed grow in their own way.
It will all take good planning,
Err, no. It means the opposite of whining little dipshits with clipboards telling everyone what to do. The absence of planning you friggin’ moron.