I expect anyone of a Bristolish persuasion reading this will already know it's happening, from quercus and elsewhere: Zombies invading Babylon Circus in the Slavers' Quarter tomorrow:
In recent times government & commerce tried to turn us into mindless consumers,
time to show them what horrors their policies have spawned.
Zombies Rise up & Invade Cabot Circus
Saturday 27th September 2008
A protest against over-consumerisation and the homogenisation of city centres.
An absurd and amusing day out for all your family and friends.
I thought it worth a repeat as I just read the datapoint that "[m]edium-sized cities seem are more apt to suffer from “placelessness”—the debilitating condition that saps a community of civic and economic vitality due to a lack of distinctive local character and lively public spaces" and "inflict huge damage on themselves, such as bulldozing the heart of downtown to build a parking ramp, high-rise hotel, convention center, corporate headquarters, or stadium."
Bristol, of course, still does have a sense of place: in Easton, in St Pauls, in Totterdown, on North Street and Gloucester Road. But for how much longer as enclosure of public spaces and destruction of communities by demolition and the ethnic cleansing of gentrification continues? How many shops have closed, replaced by wine bars and worse, in the last couple of years on those two streets I mentioned?