00s Timothy Ahresnbach reflects on 'the slow but sure rise of the civic corner shop' in the latest edition of New Start Magazine.
Whether rural or urban, the examples above show us it is possible not only to maintain, but also expand the quality of service provisions in our neighbourhoods through ingenious combinations of mixed-mode investment and creative reutilisation of community assets.
What, then, can be done in order to foster the growth of such civic ventures?
Simply showing that these initiatives are indeed viable alternatives to the Big Four would seem a good start. Community shops require high degrees of community buy-in, and in order to encourage this we need to convince residents that such initiatives are indeed worth investing in.
Read the full article here.