Can we jus­tify yet more shops in city?

Birmingham Post - - NEWS -

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

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