An ode to somewhereto_ re:store (the high street heist) by 15 year old Said Bakari
My local high street is Bromley High Street.
Bromley high street is built up of mostly big brands ranging from McDonald’s to Primark. The high street supplies Bromley with a lot of money because of the popularity of the shops and the income they get. But a problem with the shops in the high street is that they don’t give back to the community so the only people that their work is benefiting is themselves. I believe that if places like McDonald’s donate some money to their local communities then they could increase the amount of clubs and workshops to help the young people.
The advantages of Bromley High Street is that because its so popular it attracts people from all over and it is a well populated high street. Also another advantage is that because only big branded shops are in the high street you wont find many gangs there because they’ll tend to hang around shops that aren’t as high profiled. A problem with Bromley High Street is that if you are performing on the high street without a licence you are told to leave so that sense of community is automatically taken away. and if you have a talent that you want to showcase you cant do that unless you pay to perform.
I think empty shops should be refurbished into rooms that fit a specific purpose and these rooms will then be leased to teens that need them for a specific reason. These rooms should promote teens to practise their talents and to pursue their dreams. I think the somewhereto_ re:store is doing a good job because its giving teens a chance to express themselves.
somewhereto_ re:store (the #highstreetheist) is a high impact campaign seeing young people take over a series of shops across the UK (from #London to Manchester, Glasgow, Bangor, Cardiff, Newcastle and beyond) for a six-week period, having launched in London on 18 July.
We’re putting disused shops into the capable hands of local young people to deliver events and activities that will benefit their future ambitions as well as revamp the high street and engage local communities.
Want to know more and get involved? Take your talent to the streets at somewhereto.com/restore