Letter: Mall misery
Thursday 03 September 1998
It is hardly surprising that major retailers clamour to move to new out- of-town premises, out of a desire to expand their businesses in a limited market. However, you are right to point out that these developments lead to the devastation of city centres.
A brief acquaintance with some of the cities of North America, where city centres have given way to block after block of bleak dereliction, with attendant poverty and crime, illustrates vividly the potential risks of unrestricted out-of-town investment.
Some may think the UK will be immune to this problem, or consider any such risk a price well worth paying, in order to reap rich commercial rewards, and much more questionably, to increase customer convenience. Others, however, who wish city centres to remain home to vibrant cultural life, may well disagree.
Dr J PINKNEY
Louisiana State University
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