The St Kilda locals are revolting. The are bemoaning the loss of their local shops for local people. I took a look with the Box Brownie at the ready.
Most of the businesses will state that they have been driven out by high rents and chain shops moving in. This is a problem of the market place. The rents will be set at what the market will bear. How in a capitalist society can it be otherwise? Public subsidy for small businesses? Where does that end? Next thing, big business will want subsidies........oh, they have them already.
What does amuse me slightly is that some of the places the locals are missing are actually chain shops.
The rot started with the loss of the fondly remembered Cafe Scheherazade, a cafe started in the 1950s by Jewish refugees that ended up being a refugee for Jewish refugees. That is a place where they could be among their own and eat the food they fondly remembered. It was especially popular with older single Jewish men where they would chat away and sort the problems of the world. It became like a second home to some of them.
Now what is it? FCUK
While it has been there for as long as I can remember, I was never sure what it was. I will suggest it was a fish wholesaler that also retailed. Demolished.
I may have bought an item or two of club wear at CMs in the past. I stopped when shirts started to taper inwards at the waist while my waist was heading in the opposite direction.
As well as a uniformed policeman being photographed and making the front page of The Sun newspaper while dancing on a table top at Greasy Joes, I could not possibly confirm that a certain blogmate with an interest in music did so as well, but she did. Demolished.
A phone shop replaced the rather useful Tandy's Electronics. While Tandy's was a chain, it is missed.
Cafe Vibe has closed? Where will the rich but with no obvious means of support men of Middle Eastern appearance hang out now?
Twins Cafe, gone. I never asked if they were twins. They did not look alike. They were very friendly guys who for many years gave me a caffeine fix. Still a cafe of sorts. It is the one where people are sitting outside.
Bakers Delight, gone. Again a chain, but fancy the street being unable to sustain a privately owned bakery!
This one has changed it name, but is still there. I can't remember the name. Something difficult to pronounce, I think.
How could the area not sustain a newsagent? Gone.