Darryl Chen, 25 01 09

The Bishop of Stepney once remarked that each parish church in his diocese was no more than five minutes walk from the last. As an organizing system of governance, accountability and dissemination of religious doctrine, the Anglican parish system was an effective means of organizing the burgeoning cities of England through the scale of the local neighbourhood. 

Tesco supermarkets are distributed with the same rigour. Each new store is planned with software allowing the right matching of store size with catchment area. Tesco’s market share is more than twice its nearest rival and so as the blue and red logo continues to sweep through England’s cities, we ask could the Tesco catchment area be the new urban parish? (more…)