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Officially painted murals try to brighten up the facades of boarded up shops in Rotherham High Street on December 13, 2011 in Rotherham, England. Rotherham is typical of many British high streets that have seen a rise in boarded up shops. Retail analyst Mary Portas has published a government-commissioned report on measures to revive a decline in High Street trading. Amongst Ms Portas' suggestions were the cutting of regulations for High Street businesses and the launch of a nationwide market day.