Has the atmosphere of Brighton streets been changing?

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Changes happen all the time. And not always for the better. Technology is developing dramatically which helps businesses go digital. It may seem like a good thing, but is that really true? By Marta Szutowicz

Running a business online helps to reach more customers and it has become normal for us during the pandemic. But there are places which attract people with their atmosphere. And that atmosphere is something that makes Brighton a special city. Characteristic. 

In a few past years, the streets of our city have started their transformation. Local owners have been replaced by chain stores, jewellers, and a huge number of cafes. Not to mention that the books are now even available in supermarkets. This situation doesn’t give many chances to local bookshops, right?

“Long gone are Sexton’s shop in Ship Street, which flourished from 1885 to 1979, Ward’s in East Street, patronised by Virginia Woolf, and K J Bredon’s in Prince Albert Street, which is probably that mentioned by Graham Greene in his novel Travels With My Aunt.

Who can forget the picturesque disorder of Noel Brooke’s premises in Queen’s Road? Once one of the sights of Brighton, whose owner never sat, never had heating, and never gave discounts.

And where now are Brighton Books, Sandpiper Books and the Lamb Bookshop, all formerly in Kensington Gardens?”

Online marketing makes our life much easier. Shops, on their websites, offer endless lists of products and hence, you can find what you need within ten minutes without leaving home. And this is great.

But there are some places with heart. Places that make Brighton alive and attract many people every year. And those places are not barbers, charity shops or tattooists. Do we really need so many of them?

 

 

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