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not quite sure how it could cost £300,000 to put some posters up
that is a MASSIVE take away pizza place
definitely not wow. not in the slightest. two shopfronts being stickered up is nothing. there's at least that many with exactly the same thing in Dumbarton without so much as a sniff of G8. standard tarting up procedure innit. that's not to say that there's something a little creepy (but non-G8-related) about the whole fake shopfront thing.
over the past few years. pretty sad sight, tbh, but the press seem to be spinning it as some depressing last-ditch attempt to pretend everything's ok, when it's really not like that.
... I dunno, pathetic ?
The basic thinking was that empty shops beget more empty shops, and once the rot in a high street sets in, you're done for. Having something in the window that shows that people care and, to some extent, 'investing', leads to a better feeling and hopefully more business. Similar thinking to the pop up shops you hated so much - there's a belief that something is better than nothing.
Obviously it doesn't address the root causes of mass shop closures though - high rents, high business rates, migration to online shopping, less spending power, etc etc, and blame who you like for those.
What's the value in hiding it from them?
I mean, they do this kinda shit for that bunch of royal cunts but why politicians?
I'm just saying that as a general thing, it's not new, and it's often quite well liked.
Perhaps more shops should have turrets installed? (It seems to have been a design theme of recent-ish new builds in Birmingham.)
I h8 the phrase pop up shop, and the associated (often elitist) nonsense that comes with it.