Thursday, 23 July 2020

What would you like to see in restructured town centres?

So while we've been heading down this path for years now, COVID has/ is currently/ will continue to be, a real hammer blow to the barely hanging on high-street. Complaints are common, there's little filling up empty units other than charity shops and bookies, parking is dreadful, and its becoming clear that we need to re-think how we structure our town centres away from being focused primarily around consumption.So with that in mind, what would you like to see from town centres? I'd like to see a lot more support towards live music. I remember when I was younger and there were gigs all over the place, but it all just seems so dried up now. Our local youth centre held a battle of the bands every other year but that place has been closed for 'refurbishment' for years now with absolutely nothing happening to it. The cynic in me says they're waiting for it to deteriorate so it can be sold off to a developer.Seeing investments in youth centres would also be a really great thing though. Seeing some of the WeWork units in the news when they were falling apart really made me think of how great it would be to just have these kinds of communal spaces where people could get involved in each others projects.Just a few of my thoughts, but i'd love to hear what everyone else thinks. via /r/AskUK

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