Mall shopping

Dear Peg and Friends,
You don’t need to be a genius to see that the Cities of today are being set up to fail. Here we have two systems, both alongside one another, and both vying to get the largest slice of the cake. The Malls of today, are the ideal set up for easy shopping. They provide for all the shoppers needs. Free Parking, Toilets, and excellent Food Courts. As well, easy access to a variety of shops. They are a novel late arrival to the shopping scene, and providing they have a strong Anchor tenant, they will always be better, and one of the most preferred trading sites of any City. Forty years ago this concept of shopping didn’t even exist, but then again there wasn’t a problem with the motor vehicles either.
The City on the other hand, because they already have an infrastructure in place, which had been constructed over a hundred years or more. Because of this, their options were limited, when a earthquake rearranged our landscape. They are struggling even to maintain the status quo. Their parking is limited, and of the little that’s available, it’s only there because of the continued enforcement by the hated parking wardens. The rate they charge for this, is what ever they can get away with. Normally the revenue collected is barely enough to pay the employees, and yet no one is happy. If you wish to compete with the ‘Johnie come lately’, that’s the Mall. You have at least match the service that is being already provided by the Malls. However the recent earthquakes have given Christchurch another chance, to wipe their slate clean, and to make a fresh start.
This is not a problem that’s peculiar to Christchurch. I have noticed that in Australia,  Gosford in NSW in particular. It would be a prime example of this shopping phenomena and what can happen to near by towns. Or again, even on the West Coast of America. Exactly the same situation exists. However now in Christchurch seeing we now have been given another chance to do something about the Parking problems. With the damage left by the earthquakes, half of the buildings in the CBD have been destroyed or leveled. For a reasonable sum, it should now be possible to buy bare land to provide the missing element and give the authorities a chance to compete, and provide the missing component, Parking.
I mentioned Gosford earlier where they have built a ‘stand alone’ shopping complex about ten kilometres from to town centre. It’s presence has badly effected the trading in the old town. We found on our last visit every other shop in the town had closed.
When the Malls initially arrived on the scene, they behaved very badly. They killed off the small butcher, green grocer, baker, and fish monger. They immediately instituted a price war that was impossible to compete, and one by one the small traders were picked off and cast aside.
Today the small trader is fighting back possibly with the aid of the Farmers Markets. we now have the choice of speciality butchers, and vegetable outlets, so we have the best of both worlds
Love from Christchurch,
Wally
You don’t need to be a genius to see that the Cities of today are being set up to fail. Here we have two systems, both alongside one another, and both vying to get the largest slice of the cake. The Malls of today, are the ideal set up for easy shopping. They provide for all the shoppers needs. Free Parking, Toilets, and excellent Food Courts. As well, easy access to a variety of shops. They are a novel late arrival to the shopping scene, and providing they have a strong Anchor tenant, they will always be better, and one of the most preferred trading sites of any City. Forty years ago this concept of shopping didn’t even exist, but then again there wasn’t a problem with the motor vehicles either.
The City on the other hand, because they already have an infrastructure in place, which had been constructed over a hundred years or more. Because of this, their options were limited, when a earthquake rearranged our landscape. They are struggling even to maintain the status quo. Their parking is limited, and of the little that’s available, it’s only there because of the continued enforcement by the hated parking wardens. The rate they charge for this, is what ever they can get away with. Normally the revenue collected is barely enough to pay the employees, and yet no one is happy. If you wish to compete with the ‘Johnie come lately’, that’s the Mall. You have at least match the service that is being already provided by the Malls. However the recent earthquakes have given Christchurch another chance, to wipe their slate clean, and to make a fresh start.
This is not a problem that’s peculiar to Christchurch. I have noticed that in Australia,  Gosford in NSW in particular. It would be a prime example of this shopping phenomena and what can happen to near by towns. Or again, even on the West Coast of America. Exactly the same situation exists. However now in Christchurch seeing we now have been given another chance to do something about the Parking problems. With the damage left by the earthquakes, half of the buildings in the CBD have been destroyed or leveled. For a reasonable sum, it should now be possible to buy bare land to provide the missing element and give the authorities a chance to compete, and provide the missing component, Parking.
I mentioned Gosford earlier where they have built a ‘stand alone’ shopping complex about ten kilometres from to town centre. It’s presence has badly effected the trading in the old town. We found on our last visit every other shop in the town had closed.
When the Malls initially arrived on the scene, they behaved very badly. They killed off the small butcher, green grocer, baker, and fish monger. They immediately instituted a price war that was impossible to compete, and one by one the small traders were picked off and cast aside.
Today the small trader is fighting back possibly with the aid of the Farmers Markets. we now have the choice of speciality butchers, and vegetable outlets, so we have the best of both worlds
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