Below is a photo of Brighton's ailing Imperial Arcade.
Such arcades are not uncommon in the UK; London's Burlington Arcade perhaps being the most famous.
I can remember this one as a bustling row of shops, with a wonderful bakery (Forfars) being at its hub.
Now for some bizarre reason most of the shops are closed and it stinks of piss and Pigeon shit.
Built in the mid 20's, the arcade connects the road down from St Nicholas Church to the city's main shopping area; Churchill Square and Western Road. It should be filled with small exclusive shops, attracting discerning buyers; instead it's a filthy alley that one would rather avoid. It is locked at night at both ends, so perfect for Vuitton, Hermes, Cartier, Rolex, etc.
I don't know who owns it, but I do wish they'd do something about it. It's become an eyesore, and only brings shame to an otherwise very nice area.
On the left are the backs of a bank and a mobile phone shop, and on the right there is now just one coffee shop and a bureau de change. It desperately needs a revamp.