Can we justify yet more shops in city?
DEAR Editor, The Post reported on December 20th that the 1960s shopping centre at the top of Corporation Street, known as The Square, will not be saved.
I have mixed feelings about this. It is not a bad piece of architecture from the period. Its problem is the adaptations that have been made to it and, one has to say, the rather cheap shops that now inhabit the centre.
The problem facing Birmingham and many other cities, as we are constantly told, is that there are too many shops to sustain business.
A huge new retail development on that site may sound desirable, but do we really have the shops and businesses ready and willing to move in and thrive?
I recently read that the UK now has about twice as many shops as it can realistically sustain now that so much trade is done online.
Swapping one shopping centre for another won’t help. A Davies, Harborne, Birmingham