Reinvesting in city centres

While the retail sector has brought us an abundance of cheap products, it has also swept local shops aside and sucked the life out of town centres. For obvious reasons associated with pressure on the real estate market and with the cost of living, a large number of activities – artisans, services to the individual, shopkeepers, industries – have left downtown areas. The aging of the population means that these kinds of local services to need to be rehabilitated in order to offer more choice to local people and improve their day-to-day lives. This would also create an opportunity to increase the diversity of the local population.

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