Bookshops are boring and they are on the way out

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The loss of Rare & Racy as part of the demolition of Devonshire Street, to make way for apartments, a restaurant and a shop, should be put into context.

It is, after all, only a bookshop.

Bookshops are boring and they’re on the way out, for the same reason that England’s trams and trolley-buses were phased out in the 1950s and 60s .

Back then trams were obviously too old-fashioned for our exciting post-war jet-age, just as bookshops today have no viable role in our age of the computer.

The key word here is regeneration.

That’s progress, like it or not, and anyone who doesn’t like it is just an old stick-in-the-mud.

As an illustration of the sort of traditions involved here, and for the benefit of younger readers, let’s give a mention to Sheffield’s twin-screen Gaumont cinema.

In the 70s a third screen was added, then in the 80s the site was used for a new three-screen Odeon, which included leisure facilities, with the shops from across the road being moved into the complex.

In the 90s this too closed, and the last I heard they wanted to demolish it in order to construct a three-screen cinema with leisure facilities on the same site.

For those of us without a head for business the logic behind such moves might be impossible to grasp, but that’s what they do and do it they must.

It means that the new occupants of Devonshire Street will be able to look forward to the exciting day when their apartments, restaurant and shops will have to make way for exciting new apartments, a new restaurant and new shops. on the same site

J Scott

Arundel Drive, Lundwood, Barnsley, S71