High Street 2.0
Whatever happens, we must not let the high street die, but to survive it must adapt and become more social. Some already have, and are prospering. More to come. A bit busy currently.
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While you wait, here is a comment I made on the Daily Telegraph website yesterday after reading about possible changes to planning laws. There is a correlation between what I write below and my thoughts on the high street.
“Having lived in the USA for 10 years, which whilst offering some of the most stunning scenery in the world (Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Yellowstone etc), it is also covered in identikit cold dull strip malls and characterless ‘towns’. If you do not believe me, use Google Maps and switch to street view and just ‘drive’ around. You’ll be shocked at how vast stretches of the country look like a third world city suburb. Wide dull streets peppered with fast foot outlets, second hand car dealerships, nail salons and tax offices – little else.
Meanwhile, here in the UK, we have clean pleasant characterful villages and (some!) towns, not to mention our beautiful lush countryside that makes life worth living.
Take that away, and this country will become a characterless wasteland, like middle America or suburban Libya. And such a reality will render the very point of actually living and moving to the countryside pointless, and that will devastate the local economy. And for those who LIVE in the countryside, you will know that employment is almost 100% and crime, almost 0%. Why? Because the structure of the community is such that thanks to the ‘trickle down’ effect of robust hierarchical economics (land owners employ skilled tradesmen employ apprentices who spend money locally) there is little chance of people falling through the cracks.
Those who live in the countryside will know exactly what I mean.”