Shops, shutters and shop front art

Some struggling high streets are reacting to their empty shops by using vinyl posters in shop windows to try to disguise the obvious fact that they are empty. But too many are applying this without thought. I maintain that a long run of empty units with vinyls doesn’t address the real issues, and neither does a few pieces of art in the windows of a long run of empty shops, but no one in the shops for the public to interact with. What might be appropriate to edgy Brick Lane, with street art painted onto shutters behind which is an active shop, is unlikely to be appropriate in more sedate Tunbridge Wells, but I am too often seeing one single thing being copied from elsewhere without any real thought and understanding for what is trying to be achieved and whether this helps to deliver the objective. Like most things, there is no single action which helps regenerate a town centre, so don’t think that one thing is the sole answer and certainly don’t blindly copy what you have heard about from elsewhere.ImageImage

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