The rise of online shopping has had a massive impact on our towns and city centres. As so many of us are choosing to take our Christmas shopping to the likes of Amazon, the London high street has been hit hard (https://www.lovemoney.com/gallerylist/53030/23-major-brands-that-disappe...). The news shows of all the big-name chains that have had to close their doors as they are unable to compete with the lower prices offered online.
If we are to save the shopping districts we know and love, there must be a concentrated effort to support the independent retailers that can still be found throughout London (https://www.southlondonclub.co.uk/blog/2016/12/31/9-reasons-why-you-shou...). Christmas is an important time of year, and a great opportunity to support some of the shops and businesses that make up local communities.
A lot has been written about how we are at risk of overspending when Christmas comes around. With a bit of research into local businesses and the help of budgeting apps (https://www.youandb.co.uk/banking-app/), you can ensure that you don’t get too carried away with your own budget and end up in the debt cycle that so many fall into at this time of year.
A lot has been written about the gentrification of certain areas of London (https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2018/jul/22/shoreditch-east-end-londo...). Shoreditch and Camden have been changed beyond recognition over the course of the last decade as Londoners have been forced out in favour of the superrich who can afford the sky-high property prices that are found in the area. Reversing this tide starts with supporting those who make up the local community in any way you can.
We have the power to regenerate the city for the better, and it starts with supporting your neighbours.