Local shopping streets are harbingers of a sense of place and memory for those who inhabit and use them. However, they have been largely neglected by planning decisions in city centre redevelopment, especially in the UK, but also throughout the world, with an approach focused on the franchised retail led occupation of these streets. The relentless demolition of city streets for this purpose threatens to erase the tangible and intangible heritage of local shopping streets. This paper aims to communicate how North Street and Castle Street in Belfast, two local shopping streets are at risk of losing their sense of place and ownership. These are valued by those who inhabit and use them, and will very likely be replaced by anonymous franchised commercial spaces.
|Title of host publication||Preserving Transcultural Heritage: Your way or my way?|
|Subtitle of host publication||Questions on Authenticity, Identity and Patrimonial Proceedings in the Safeguarding of Architectural Heritage created in the meeting of cultures|
|Editors||Joaquim Rodrigues dos Santos|
|Place of Publication||Portugal|
|Number of pages||11|
|ISBN (Print)||978 989 658 467 2|
|Publication status||Published - 01 Jul 2017|
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Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis › Doctor of Philosophy