How UK High Streets Have Changed Since The Nineties
The UK high street is the millennial generation’s window into modern Britain; a place where we go to witness the local community spirit meeting head on with shameless capitalism. For our grandparent’s generation, the equivalent of the high street might’ve been the local church. Where they might’ve prayed to God for the end of rationing or whatever, we pray that our overdraft will support a new pair of Adidas Climalcool’s in Ferrari Red.
But just as Martin Luther nailed his proclamation to the door of All Saint’s Church in 1517, our high streets have undergone a reformation of their very own. We once walked, clinging to our parents sleeves, wide eyed and wet nosed, gazing at the hustle and bustle we would’ve only seen on the VHS copy Home Alone 2: Lost in New York. Now the average British city centre seems like an altogether more mundane place, but that may be down to the things that have changed over the last few decades. Here’s some of the biggest differences you might’ve noticed since childhood.