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The assault on markets

The attraction of markets to developers is not difficult to understand. For historical reasons many occupy central positions in cities and historic market towns. If markets can be relocated or cleared, immense profits can be made from building new offices, shopping malls or flats. Unlike the high-rise flats built after the Second World War, these transformations are not driven by idealism, but often by the relentless pursuit of profit. Councils and their elected members often find such developments attractive, and market stallholders are rarely equipped to resist the commercial ...

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