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Are Britain's urban environment becoming clones Research performed by NEF (the new economics Foundation) suggests that between 1997 and 2002, shops such as butchers, bakers and fishmongers are closing at a rate of fifty a week on high streets throughout the country. This devastating fact is down to many different reasons, however out of the numerous reasons the one that is making the greatest effect is the rapid increase of chain stores on our streets therefore taking money away from the locally owned shops. This process is taking place all over Britain transforming each of our high streets into indistinguishable points on the map, in addition it is vital that we find out the reasons for the closures of these independent stores and the opening of these chain stores, and be that the recession, stay-cations or inflation. Consequently during this report I will not only be looking at why and how Britain's urban environments are becoming clones of each other but also looking at the main reason in extreme depth. One way Britain's urban environments are becoming identical to one another are the renovations taking place around the country. Towns and cities all around the country are having their high streets, parks and public areas transformed by removing their distinguishing features and replace them with cold hard steel and bare glass, the mark of a new artificial Britain. ...read more.


The results that NEF found out conclude that out of every ten towns surveyed four turned out to be 'clone's these 'clone' towns were usually larger towns that chain stores had targeted due to their population threshold. A further 26% of towns were on in the 'border' between 'clone' and 'home' towns, while just 33% were identified as being 'home' towns, therefore the majority of British towns can be classified as 'clones'. This means that the individuality of the vast majority of our high streets has been lost and replaced by a globally recognized monochrome strip of fast food restaurants; clothe shops and countless coffee stores that could be mistaken for hundreds like it around the UK, and no longer showing any relation to the town it belongs to. Despite all the other causes that have led to Britain's towns and cities becoming so alike the most potent of these is the opening of chain stores like weeds among the independent stores starving them so once they die more chain stores can sprout up in their place. This unwanted cycle is taking place in every high street in the country, therefore there is more than one reason that it is happening on such a large scale the three causes I will discuss are the recession that has taken ...read more.


By people's choice I mean the general public's choice of living this involves choosing to go to supermarkets for groceries rather than buying locally from butcher's, farmers and green grocers. This obviously leads to closures of these kinds of independent stores but also gives money way to these supermarket businesses. Recently people have also chosen to participate in a new phenomenon called 'stay-cations', which as you may already know involve staying in the uk for holidays rather than going abroad. In this attempt to save money some might say by staying in the UK independent stores are benefitting, yet it is quite the contrary as most of the public end up spending even more at chain stores resulting in them earning more money to fund their never ending expansion. In conclusion it is true that Britain's urban environments are becoming clones of one another we can see this most clearly from the surveys conducted by NEF as these show how the high streets are similar to each other. There are many reasons for this, cloning high street renovations, the internet, chain stores the list goes on. Fortunately people have awoke to these disturbing facts and are currently attempting to stop this relentless development by putting laws in place making it easier for independent stores to open and this is just one of the many strategies in place to combat the process. ...read more.

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