It went off-topic Harry because St Pollyanna couldn't resist lecturing me on my cafeteria Catholicism which was how we ended up talking about charity. Delph was questioning Polly about his charitable activities. which Polly had mentioned earlier. To be fair to the saintly one, I don't think there was any suggestion that the kids wouldn't get sweets if they didn't know their prayers, just that they had to suffer for them first :) He had said earlier in the thread that he played Santa in these places so really it was just part of the old 'have you been a good boy/girl/' routine.
A huge worry though is market traders who are being pushed well away from centrum.
And not just the centre. There are definitely fewer in general. Another problem is that EU regulations regarding food hygiene etc will eventually be more rigorously enforced and small home producers won't be able to meet the regulations so you won't see a woman sitting at the roadside selling chickens or homemade sausages or raw milk. Street sellers are beginning to be seen by the authorities more and more as hawkers, peddlars and undesirables.
I am really sad about Halla Mirowska because it's one of the few really 'old' shopping sites in Warsaw which was a proper market before the war and I know it will be unsympathetically developed. It won't be 'restored', it will be modernised. One could do a lovely development there on a smaller scale but in a similar style to the Leadenhall Markets in London. Why not recreate something of the atmosphere of Warsaw shops at the time when Halla Mirowska was built, with some period shop fronts etc. I actually like it the way it is now, run down and slightly tacky though it is, because it is 'authentic'.