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flapdoodle
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61 of 438  Wed 28th Mar 2012 5:45pm  
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I think you miss the point. It's not about the store, but the layout of the buildings. The prewar layout had a large building on the site of Ironmonger Square but retained the street links from Broadgate down to the Burges and Trinity Street - the replacement building cut off the area and created a strange dog leg layout and an area dominated by blank walls and a grotty tunnel as access. Hence you have odd patches of land like Ironmonger Square, and a generally poor townscape of empty spaces with no active frontages on them and no urban character, such as the lifeless area opposite Holy Trinity (as Tony Robinson said on Time Team when he was looking at this particularly poor view, "progress, eh?").
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Dreamtime
Perth Western Australia
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62 of 438  Mon 2nd Apr 2012 2:54am  
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I don't know what to say about Broadgate any more, but perhaps by the time they have made up their minds as to how they - (the demolishers !) really want it, it might look neat and tidy if nothing else. Let's hope they put plenty of disposal bins around. Thank you BJ for the great photos and keeping us up to date with the - for want of a better word - progress. Wave
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RosieUK
Binley
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63 of 438  Mon 30th Apr 2012 9:52am  
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I know this isn't the best picture showing Broadgate as it's a mainly family shot but I think the view is better than the one we have today! Paula Smile
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Dreamtime
Perth Western Australia
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64 of 438  Mon 30th Apr 2012 10:56am  
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Thanks Paula Big grin What year would that have been, do you know ? Wave
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RosieUK
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65 of 438  Mon 30th Apr 2012 11:21am  
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The little girl in the picture is my wonderful mum in law who was born in 1947 if that helps Happy
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dutchman
Spon End
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66 of 438  Mon 30th Apr 2012 11:55am  
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It's a view of Smithford Street looking towards Broadgate. The temporary wall is to prevent people falling into the basements of the bombed-out shops that were once in Smithford Street.
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Dreamtime
Perth Western Australia
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67 of 438  Mon 30th Apr 2012 5:30pm  
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Thank you too Dutchman, you have answered a couple of queries for me - as I could not remember the wall you mentioned but recognise the shops over the far side. Great photo of that time. Wave
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Midland Red
Cherwell
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68 of 438  Tue 8th May 2012 12:21pm  
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Just reading this crazy idea from today's Telegraph ! Oh my Vote: Broadgate should be renamed Godiva Square, says Coventry man I know which way my vote is going Oh my
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Elaine
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69 of 438  Tue 8th May 2012 3:39pm  
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The Broadgate CENTER?? Does this person actually know which country we are living in?? Oh my
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Beesman
Cornwall
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70 of 438  Tue 8th May 2012 6:44pm  
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It's always been Broadgate and long may it remain that way. Thumbs up
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Rob Orland
Historic Coventry
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71 of 438  Tue 8th May 2012 7:11pm  
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On 8th May 2012 12:21pm, Midland Red said: Just reading this crazy idea from today's Telegraph ! Oh my Vote: Broadgate should be renamed Godiva Square, says Coventry man
Many thanks for drawing our attention to it Cliff - and kind thanks also for suggesting on the Telegraph site that he discuss it further on here. I think we would very much enjoy hearing his views, undistorted and undiluted, on our forum. Even if Zain Luke Ali's misquoted idea is a little off the mark, I believe his heart is in the right place and he at least shows a positive enthusiasm for our city, which ought to be applauded.
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Midland Red
Cherwell
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72 of 438  Tue 8th May 2012 7:47pm  
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He's rather let himself down now "To be fair this did start out as a bit of a joke and has gone a bit over the top maybe but I think something good could still come from it." Oh my
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Rob Orland
Historic Coventry
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73 of 438  Tue 8th May 2012 9:08pm  
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You're right. I think he'd better come on here and explain himself!!
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Dreamtime
Perth Western Australia
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74 of 438  Wed 9th May 2012 2:22am  
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A can of worms has been opened he, methinks (from a Broadgate worshipper) Roll eyes
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Greg
Coventry
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75 of 438  Wed 9th May 2012 9:40pm  
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Just looking at the artists impression of the new pedestrianised Broadgate and it HIT me. what a wonderful big space to fill up with more shops OR another huge tatty market.
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