I took the opportunity of a few quiet days around Alice Springs over the Christmas/New Year break to take a quiz at a few of the empty retail shops, warehouses and office accommodation around the town.
Alice Springs is a town very much in a slump right now. Tourist numbers are down, the NT Intervention business sugar hit has long faded and there isn’t a light at the end of the long economic tunnel. Here are some of the symptoms of that malaise – office accommodation, main-street mall shopfronts, shopping centre retail space and wholesale business spaces.
Empty stores and offices are sad places, full of shadows, flaked paint, dust motes and the stale smell of money no longer there.
You can see earlier posts on this theme, including my look at the empty shops of Darwin from early December, an earlier look at the same subject—but different locations—from Darwin’s own Koulla Roussos and ‘the dead heart of a fake city’ and my look at the empty shops of Geelong here.