Article

Older People, Town Centres and the Revival of the 'High Street'

Citation

Phillips J, Walford N, Hockey A & Sparks L (2021) Older People, Town Centres and the Revival of the 'High Street'. Planning Theory and Practice, 22 (1), pp. 11-26. https://doi.org/10.1080/14649357.2021.1875030

Abstract
Concern for the future of town centres and their retail cores, the ‘high street’, is not new. Responses to this have often been somewhat one dimensional, focusing on their role as places of consumption, employment, leisure and heritage. We consider the potential multiple roles of older people in helping revive and rejuvenate town centres given the centrality of place for healthy supportive living, community and social participation and ‘ageing in place’. Taking an environmental gerontology perspective, we ask whether the WHO age friendly cities/communities’ framework should be considered further in approaches to reviving town centres in a post-Covid-19 world.

Keywords
Older People; town centres; consumers; high streets; community

Journal
Planning Theory and Practice: Volume 22, Issue 1

StatusPublished
Publication date31/12/2021
Publication date online22/02/2021
Date accepted by journal04/01/2021
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/32148
ISSN1464-9357
eISSN1470-000X

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