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PhilipInCoventry
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61 of 73  Sat 15th Mar 2014 11:46pm  
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Hi Mike & thank you for that Wave A classic example of redevelopment is to compare our school world atlases of the fifties to Google maps of today. At school, I could recite most of the African countries, but I have hardly a clue nowadays. Wave Edited by member, 16th Mar 2014 10:21 am
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Dreamtime
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62 of 73  Sun 16th Mar 2014 7:15am  
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Welcome to my world, Mike H, only mine is 40 yrs. come September not 14. I so rely on the cluey members to put me on the right road so to speak and find the Britain from above is brilliant, but when you were younger we/I didn't take a lot of notice of your surroundings at the time and now I try to see where 'I was at'! As you say much has changed and the Google map street views can be as confusing as my brain. My father's Standard was at Banner Lane. All the best to you. Wave
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flapdoodle
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63 of 73  Sun 16th Mar 2014 9:10am  
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It's not true that 'no one wanted' it. And problems caused by growth could have been addressed without so much destruction. It's a well known fact that much of the destruction after the war in the UK was needless and done for political reasons - in many cases properties weren't even surveyed properly, just marked for destruction based on narrow criteria such as 'outside toilet' and it was probably cheaper to refurbish than demolish and rebuild (many of the most desirable parts of London are old houses). Most of Coventry was destroyed to make way for the ring road, which was an over-engineered solution and has had some fairly destructive side effects (the original plan in the 1930s was for a surface level road that would have remained connected to the city's urban grid) and arterial routes that were once lined with businesses are now empty streets or just areas that have been cleared and never redeveloped. if anything, it's the current city that 'no one wants' - with its half empty precinct, empty buildings & empty sites. No one wanted the Leofric Hotel (it's student flats now and the ballroom is mothballed) and no one wanted the Owen Owen department store (it's only half used). I'm more bothered by the changes of the urban fabric than the buildings - buildings always come and go, but they do so in response to the flow of people around the streets. This is where Coventry has a big problem, and comparing old aerial photos with new ones you can see how the old city formed a fairly well linked up series of streets and routes. I personally think is what needs to be addressed - there's no reason why the best of the post-war stuff can't live alongside the surviving old fragments, but it needs people to make it viable. Edited by member, 16th Mar 2014 9:11 am
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NeilsYard
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64 of 73  Sun 16th Mar 2014 9:37am  
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Agreed Flap - the ring road did some hugely unnecessary damage to the city. It's been discussed on here before as well that it was used as an excuse in many parts to remove buildings that could have remained. The pedestrianisation is failing indeed. Areas like Hertford Street need to allow traffic back through IMO to generate life. Edited by member, 16th Mar 2014 9:39 am
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Mike H
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65 of 73  Sun 16th Mar 2014 9:08pm  
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Hertford Street was a bottleneck which allowed cars and vans and motorcycles to make life more difficult for the buses in Broadgate, and where did the vehicles go from there? Queue up to get into West Orchard, adding to congestion in the bottleneck called Cross Cheaping? Join the fray at the intersection of Trinity, Hales and Fairfax Street? It wasn't fun, that I do remember. Should it have been buses only? It was for a time, wasn't it, but people who lived on the side of the city which was serviced by Kenilworth and Leamington roads had cars, and I don't suppose the buses from Cheylesmore, Styvechale and Green Lane were the fullest buses you would ever see. If you want people back in the centre, you have to get them to live there, and that means HIGH RISE - arrgh - and nice views - double arrgh - and easy access, underground parking, good local entertainment, eating, security etc. You need a centrepiece too, a river or canal. Coventry has both and neither is impressive, so construct a faux river or canal and have recirculating water. Young Philip could run tours up and down what used to be Corporation Street, sailings on the hour and endless fun telling the punters where Elizabeth's cake shop used to be, and on the right is the site of the old CET, a local newspaper which existed in the good old days before electronic news served up on an iPad. How much will it all cost? Millions and no guarantee that all of the units will be taken or that anybody would care where Elizabeth's used to be, but it would look nice for a while, just like the new Precinct did before acid rain and grime took their toll.
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Poetscorner
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66 of 73  Mon 17th Mar 2014 10:40pm  
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Philip, do you realize how much time I've spent this evening looking at all those pictures? This interweb is "a black hole for time" once you get drawn into it eh? Mind you I've enjoyed every minute and ended up finding my birthplace 20+yrs before I was born there, so many thanks and keep up the good work. All I need to do now is convince my wife to stop looking at her old haunts and I can get some sleep!
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Dreamtime
67 of 73  Tue 18th Mar 2014 4:23am  
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PhilipInCoventry
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68 of 73  Tue 18th Mar 2014 7:14am  
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Hi dreamtime, Hi Poetscorner, Wave Yes, I am up & raring to go! Thumbs up
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Mike H
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69 of 73  Tue 18th Mar 2014 2:05pm  
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When I left the UK to go live in Spain, I never really gave 'home' a thought. I was just glad to have a new experience ahead of me. It was less than a two day drive from home, and getting back for visits or re-acquainting myself with proper fish and chips was not exactly a world away. From Spain, I flew to Canada and didn't leave. Were I to take a two day drive now, I would get as far as Halifax, Nova Scotia, but it is the 3,500 mile swim after that which really separates me for home now. I would be like a little lost sheep were it not for the Internet and Google Maps streetview. Instead of integrating into alien surroundings, I have slowly become more staunchly British than ever I was when I lived in the UK, and have picked up numerous photos of Coventry, old and new, the buses, all of it. I even saved a video of West Midlands Police showing how to negotiate the Ring Road just to remind myself of how much fun it was.
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PhilipInCoventry
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70 of 73  Fri 21st Mar 2014 11:12pm  
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Hi all Wave A few more pictures.
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Dreamtime
Perth Western Australia
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71 of 73  Sat 22nd Mar 2014 9:59am  
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Thank you Philip, spent many hours at Warwick Park by the river and Jephson Gardens, Leamington. All my memory bells are ringing, thanks again. Happy Big grin Wave
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mick
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72 of 73  Fri 28th Mar 2014 10:44pm  
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On 16th Mar 2014 9:10am, flapdoodle said: It's not true that 'no one wanted' it. And problems caused by growth could have been addressed without so much destruction. It's a well known fact that much of the destruction after the war in the UK was needless and done for political reasons.
As a matter of fact Coventry after the war carried out little clearance under the Housing Acts ie clearance based solely on the condition of dwellings although this had started around 1900. It was largely carried out under Planning Powers for which the city had obtained Comprehensive Development powers which covered the city centre, Hillfields and Spon End. Individual Compulsory Purchase Orders within these areas were often accompanied by Unfitness Orders - the application of which was to limit compensation to site value only! Although further Comprehensive Development Areas were declared in the 1960s Development Plan the approaches to areas such as Eagle St and Longford were radically changed by the Town and Country Planning Act 1971 and wholesale clearance ceased. Isolated cases of clearance under Housing powers continued but did not always involve purchase unless owners served purchase notices on the council.
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Midland Red
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73 of 73  Sat 24th Dec 2016 5:42pm  
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Great views from the top of One Friargate in this Telegraph article Thumbs up (which also includes photos of "Coventry buildings that are gone but not forgotten").
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