27 March 2015 – healthy high streetsPosted: March 27, 2015
There are two new publications out this week that look at the current state of UK high streets. The first, ‘Health on the High Street’, is published by the Royal Society for Public Health as part of a national campaign. The report includes a league table ranking 70 of the UK’s major towns and cities based on the proportion of businesses found in their main retail area that either support or harm the public’s health.
The second report is called, ‘British High Streets: from crisis to recovery?’ and is by Neil Wrigley and Dionysia Lambiri at the University of Southampton and funded by the ESRC. As the authors say, this is more about the narratives of high street change rather than a report of research findings, focussing on the ‘cultural shifts powering the seismic changes in consumer behavior ‘ that are leading to change on the high street.