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olly-price
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1 of 7  Wed 14th Feb 2018 8:01pm  
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I guess this question is mainly aimed at the people who have been living in Coventry for a really long time! I'd love to hear about how urban development has impacted your lives living in Coventry. Thanks in advance.
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Rob Orland
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2 of 7  Wed 14th Feb 2018 8:15pm  
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I'm sure there will be plenty of members who will be willing to share their experiences of this. Can I assume that this research is in aid of a book or thesis, or similar?
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olly-price
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3 of 7  Wed 14th Feb 2018 8:29pm  
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Hi Rob. I'm at the University of Warwick, and one of my modules is called 'Urban Data - Theory and Methodologies'. For our first assignment we are writing an ethnography on a given information source surrounding Coventry. I chose this website to base the ethnography on Smile
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Helen F
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4 of 7  Wed 14th Feb 2018 8:44pm  
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You could do little better than read a few of the existing threads about people's experiences of the city The Coventry You Will Never Know Our Kaga Members' Articles Dirty Stop Outs From the 70s And many more. Anecdotes are scattered throughout the threads. Alternatively you could think up some questions to trigger specific memories. Urban development and living in Coventry is both a long and anguished story going back to... well to the Saxons. nb the longest threads tend to have the most memories recorded. Edited by member, 14th Feb 2018 8:56 pm
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Helen F
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5 of 7  Thu 15th Feb 2018 10:22am  
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Things to think about – How do you define Coventry? Within the ring road (a study in itself), which saw a rapid decline in housing before and after the war, with only a modern up tick due to flats? Or the outer Coventry that has seen massive amounts of homes built since the early 1800s? The distribution of housing, business and shopping is a complicated history in Coventry, even before you consider what people felt about it. In terms of urban development, will you distinguish voluntary development (eg the demolition of Butcher Row area) or forced (eg mass destruction and rebuilding due to the war)? What timescale are you looking at? Depending on how long you intend to consider, the experiences of living in Coventry have varied. You could study the changing experiences of students or shoppers or workers. Or pick old inhabitants versus new ones. Perceptions of the modern city vary depending on what people have seen come and go and even their expectations colour their opinions. Do you pick a subset of society and consider their changing circumstances? There are books discussing immigrants, weavers, women, firemen and others. Their lives were all influenced by Coventry’s changing streets. Your first problem will be focusing your study, not finding information.
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Greg
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6 of 7  Thu 15th Feb 2018 7:55pm  
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Looking at the dictionary definition of `ethnography` I would say that you are in for a very big task. Lol
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flapdoodle
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7 of 7  Fri 16th Feb 2018 9:05pm  
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Growth of 'out of town' retail in the 1990s onwards (on former industrial land) probably led to the decline of the city centre (along with the internet retail) and changed shopping patterns from a central 'area' to one reliant on the car. Hence the empty Precinct and queues to get into dismal places like Central Six. In the US they call places like Coventry 'Donut Cities'. The biggest urban development in my time here was probably 'Priory Place', which when it first opened was a bit a breath of fresh air for Coventry, in that it had some contemporary bars/restaurants and the place looked good. My 'group' of friends used to use the places a lot, but they closed down over the years. Although the place seems to have come to life a bit more recently, it was never the 'buzzing' spot it was intended to be and despite winning an award, the overall 'Phoenix' development looks pretty tatty now. In recent years the change-over in Cathedral Lanes from retail to restaurants has been a good improvement and we stay within in the city more now thanks to this. The same for 'Belgrade Plaza' which means a trip to the theatre can also mean a trip to eat out. The office developments in out of town locations (one from the 1980s, one from the 1990s) have attracted companies that provide jobs suitable for my skills, hence we've stayed here. (Some of these places have taken on a lot of the Software and Electronics experts who lost their jobs when Marconi/Ericsson closed.) The Friargate development has made a huge difference to the city's built environment. A collection of subways and flyovers and bridges replaced with a continuous stretch from city centre to the station - makes the place feel and look better, IMHO, and visitors using the station won't be confronted by an embarrassing mess.
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