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LIZ DAVIDSON, PRINCIPAL CITY DESIGN Glasgow City Council. Putting a Value on Place Built Environment Forum Scotland Conference 21 st Nov 2012 LIZ DAVIDSON, PROJECT DIRECTOR Glasgow MERCHANT CITY INITIATIVE. Is there a future for the High Street? Where have we come from?
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LIZ DAVIDSON, PRINCIPAL CITY DESIGNGlasgow City Council Putting a Value on Place Built Environment Forum Scotland Conference 21st Nov 2012 LIZ DAVIDSON, PROJECT DIRECTORGlasgowMERCHANT CITY INITIATIVE
Is there a future for the High Street? Where have we come from? Where are we now? Where have we tried to make it better? Where do we go next? ….. Can we put a value on place?
… a “traditional” retail street 1n the 1930’s TobaccoGrocerButcherSweetsFruitChemistHardware StoreFishmonger
Ill or very sick indeed……? The Guardian Monday 13th February 2012 Is the UK high street facing an inevitable ‘ death spiral‘ ? The Independent Thursday 01 November 2012 Another day, another death on the high street as investors pull the plug on Comet Mail On Line 6th February 2012 Dying high streets where up to a third of shops are empty The Guardian website October 2012 Town Centres – who killed the High Street? Ultimately the British High Street dies of neglect with no agency willing to map out a different future for it Financial Times February 7, 2012 7:44 pm Time to let the British high street die There is a romantic notion that Britain’s heart lies in its local high streets, but like most romances, it exists heavier in the mind of one lover than the other… The consumer has rejected its high street paramour.
Jilted…. “Price, value and special offers are at the fore of the shopper’s mind, increasingly so in worsening economic times. This combination can only be provided by large format retailers in central locations. The consumer has shifted, en masse, to shopping centres, major high streets and retail parks where international retailers with efficient sourcing and costs do battle with each other to offer the consumer ever-increasing value. And this is the way it should be. The general consumer cares little for heritage or for the sentimental argument. If it is cheaper, they will buy it, and they are right to”. Financial TimesFebruary 2012
retail makeovers…… Re-instatement of Architectural Detail
K ‘A land full of places that are not worth caring about will soon be a nation and a way of life that is not worth defending’. James Howard Kunstler : The Geography of Nowhere