There was a time, during the 90s and 00s, when Oxford Street, Darlinghurst was a fairly buzzy, lively place to visit.
Bars and restaurants were full, even on quiet nights of the week.
But then the licensing laws changed, and people went online to meet others. And then, COVID.
Oxford Street is still pretty buzzy on Friday and Saturday nights. But when you go for a walk at other times, you’ll see the reality of lots of empty shops.
Maybe it’s the rents? Maybe it’s the changing nature of how we interact and shop? Are we moving to a more online way of doing all of those things we used to go to shops for? It’s likely all of those things, and more.
I went for a walk along Oxford Street this afternoon, and these videos pretty much sum it up.
I’ve lost track of the number of times I’ve heard about plans to “revitalise” Oxford Street.