Breathing new life into Brixton market
13 December 2011 Last updated at 12:16 GMT
A report into how to revive the High Street by retail expert Mary Portas recommends getting town centres to run more like businesses.
Her report for government on the decline of town centres says the growth of online and out-of-town shopping has left many areas "dying".
The BBC's Steph McGovern reports from Brixton market which has already taken some of its own measures to revitalise itself.