DIVERSITY ATTRACTS VISITORS TO FREMANTLE
I had a bit of a chuckle reading the front page of today’s Fremantle Herald, where the manager of the Manning family property holdings Anthony van der Wielen claims Fremantle council “is currently overrun by far left academics and greenies…”
Van Wielen is upset about the City of Fremantle wanting to have more control over who leases in the CBD, to stop whole streets only being occupied by food outlets. The City wants more diversity to make the CBD more attractive to visitors and is considering amending its planning scheme accordingly.
I wonder if Fremantle’s property owners realise why our city has gone downhill while shopping centres flourish? The answer is diversity! Shopping centres offer a complete shopping experience, from food halls and cafes to supermarkets, fashion franchises and boutiques and Myer, Big W, etc.
Property owners surely are also aware that many naive people have opened shop in Fremantle to go broke within a few months after having invested thousands of dollars in shop layout, etc.
In Market Street we had a chicken shop for a few months, that was then turned into Freo Kebabs and that has now also closed after a few months. Not sure that that is of great economic benefit to Fremantle and property owners.