Times change. Demographics alter. Districts evolve. And always there are people who would prefer things to stay as they are.
It doesnâ€™t seem that long since the Newtown shopping strips of King Street and Enmore Road had stores that catered for all sorts of everyday needs â€“ fruit and vegies, butchers, delicatessens, a Coles variety store, a department store with everything from gentlemenâ€™s underwear to lengths of ribbon, a jewellers with wedding and engagement rings, tobacconists, electrical goods, and an army disposals store.
But the Greek bakery and the fish shop and a whole lot of other shops closed down and became cafÃ©s. And people complained in writing.
The old-style shopping centre has continued its transformation into something that suits whatever the current population of residents and tourists happens to be. Just recently the â€˜fish shopâ€™ cafÃ© and some other coffee shops have closed down. And people are writing to complain about that.