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ksuf0lilhbealggejwyw.jpg?profile=RESIZE_400xPreston and Wrexham show that communities can find solutions that don’t require big property developers

In 2011, a new kind of shopfront started appearing in towns and cities across the UK. It would bear the name and photograph of something that wasn’t actually there – Virtual Gift Shop, Virtual Fashion, Virtual Sports Shop, to name three I saw in Redcar. What was so depressing about this was the absence of any new ideas, any conception that there was anything else the town might need to fill these dormant spaces. A social centre? A cinema? A space for elderly people to socialise? No – instead, an officially mandated ghost.

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The Guardian

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