Thought I'd share a visual look at one of the differences in my life: shopping in my hometown in America versus my hometown in England. Yes. I am aware there are crappy places in UK, and gorgeous places in America. But it's my From and To.From.
I grew up near the historic Roman and Norman City of Chester. Truly beautiful, the shops and stores have stood the hard test of time: 7 or 8 centuries actually. This is downtown Chester...
|That's not a faux Tudor. These were built in the 13th century with upgrades|
through the centuries. No plywood allowed.
I love the wide pedestrian zones. No cars, no taxis, no buses. Just people. That does mean leaving the car and walking.
|Shops below, and steps up to Chester Rows: unique 2 level shopping|
|One of the narrower and smaller upper Rows|
Below: The Upper Rows of the past
|Once upon a time... in the upper Rows|
So now I live in a really small town, population a couple of hundred. I figured there's nothing to show from there, so some nearby towns.....
|Practical, if not pretty|
|Lots of parking. No need to walk!|
|Bragged as an architectural highlight of the strip mall|
|Kinda looks like the last one, huh? Not the same place though.|
|No strips malls. Historic Downtown.|