With regards to retail, city centres are currently experiencing a downward trend. This is mainly because of too high rents, chain stores, interchangeability. The process is both self-reinforcing and self-destructive. Municipalities and cities have a much harder time developing an overarching concept for the end customer than retailers do – there are simply too many different interests in play. We will use space differently in the future and need to increase city centers’ quality of stay again – so this can be a good trend.

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