The high street is dying and it’s no wonder. I don’t need a record store to listen to music or watch films any more, if I want clothes I can buy at ASOS or any of the current high street retailers online, often with speedy delivery and no costs incurred for returns. Recent development in the railway arches has gone some way to improving things for independent retailers; The Burger Shop, Worcester Brewing company, Arch Rivals, to name a few. Money should be set aside to subsidise more local independents, lower business rates and provide more redeveloped spaces. It would be great to see continued support for local artists and producers alongside a permanent food market akin to Digbeth Dining Club or Reading Terminal Market in Philladelphia.
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