This week we have seen another commentator come to Whanganui to slag us off. Duncan Garner’s considered opinion is that there must be something wrong with empty shops in the main street. No different than any other provincial city or town who is finding that with less population but increased mobility, CBD areas are bigger than they needed to be in the early 1900’s when town plans were configured. We do more electronically than mechanically, we do less manually so there is less staff, we do it remotely so businesses and government agencies have regionalised, and communications are faster so queuing at a counter means less than it did.
I don’t know where national media commentators get off thinking they are the oracle on all things political and economic, but the fact that they are paid a penny for their thoughts means they self-impose kudos for any observation that is plain for the rest of us to see. We know the shops are empty in some places and wish they were full, but not just for the hell of it, with real value adding businesses creating jobs and wealth is our preference.