I have just read the latest post by The Gentle Author about rising rents in the Spitalfields area that are forcing small businesses to close down or move out of their long-held premises.
This saddens me. If big corporate chains continue to trample rough-shod over everything, it means we will end up with the same shops everywhere; not just in London, but worldwide. Every city will be the same, selling identical products shipped in from China or the far east. Why bother with specialist traders offering bespoke goods and services when you can just drive to the local plastic shopping city or get your must-have factory-made designer items delivered to your door?!
I have written about my concerns in this vein before in posts about Notting Hill, Lambs Conduit St, Hanway St and Charing Cross Road.
Are homogenous or empty high streets what we really need and want?
Support your local traders!!!!
Read the Gentle Author's article here.