Retail Parks have been very damaging to London on a number of levels. 1. They have destroyed the residential area where they trade by making them extremely bleak and soulless in their ambience which is very detrimental to young people growing up in such areas and fearful to the elderly. 2. They encourage enormous amount of traffic, and visiting them via car is really the easiest and mostly chosen option as the roads where these Retail Parks are situated have really huge and unbelievably busy roads making them impossible to cross on food and their fly overs are equally impossible to use, particularly for those with young children or those with health issues. 3. They have help damaged the local shopping high roads. Personally, I think they offer a very depressing shopping experience.
Retails parks should be closed down and these shops force back on the local high road should they want to exist and trade and for the retails parks to be transformed into lovely new homes with lots of green spaces and gardens, local shops and community centres and sport areas and for the roads to be made narrower with better bus services in order to change and improve the the mindset of youngsters growing up in such areas and make the area much more environmentally friendly.
Shops went out of fashion due to the excitement of Online shopping however, what most people do now days is they narrow down what they want to buy Online and before they depart with their money they venture to the stores to check in person their selections, on my recent visit to Tottenham Court Road the furniture shops were surprisingly full of serious shoppers and of course the high road makes for a much lovelier environment to shop.
Edmonton has such a dreadful retail shopping environment and this is where far too much crime has started to generate, proofing that ones environment is certainly very powerful to the mind and senses.