Formal “Pop Up” Shops

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This is La Spezia, Italy. There are two of these shops in this picture, plus two more traditional newsstands in the distance.   There appear to be about a dozen of these on the main drag.  Clothes are offered in almost all; saw luggage in one.  Questions:

  • Why did “bricks and mortar” merchants ever agree to this in the first place?
  • Why did they  ever agree to giving up parking spaces to allow these?
  • Who pays for the initial construction?  City?  Private?
  • How are they regulated?
  • Will they work financially?
  • Will they create an commercial eco system where, once established, the shops move into actual buildings, leaving the space for another new business?

I have no answers to these at the moment.  I do know that I love the idea of reclaiming space from cars, offering a low cost/low risk alternative for entrepreneurs into the commercial market, and the thought of adding more density to an already urban area.

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