Every street has always had a few closed shops with their windows whitewashed but as suggested by these figures, Covid 19 seems to have caused them to multiply, just like the virus itself. I really became aware of how many there were when I went back into the shopping areas near me after not visiting for a few weeks. I also started noticing how each window is unique, the swirls and brush marks varying wildly, sometimes they look like the person applying them was angry at the time, others are more considered almost as though they have thought about the outcome and what passers-by will think. Some have numbers and meaningless letters, or words etched into them.
Of course, it’s not all doom and gloom as some windows had the lights glowing behind them as new owners looked to start afresh, it will certainly be interesting to see how our city centres look in the coming months and years.