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A different way to save the high street

Revive local districts by changing them

By Josh Lowe  

Photo: David Cliff/NurPhoto/PA Images

When Marks & Spencer announced last week that it would slash 7,000 jobs over the next three months, it was just the latest sign of the reckoning facing Britain’s high streets. From Cornish ports to freezing Highland burghs, shop after shop is shuttering up and bleeding out. And the effects aren’t just economic, but emotional: If a place “doesn’t look cared for, people don’t feel like they’re cared for,” says Lahari Ramuni, a researcher at the Centre for Cities.

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