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Gumnut
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106 of 108  Mon 27th Mar 2017 7:33am  
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Thank you Dreamtime. Belonging there will always be the case, no matter where in the world you are. I really need to clarify the term I used in the previous post. I wrote that I feel that a lot of the city centre identity to the residents of Coventry has been lost, I never wrote "all". It's a place that struggles to be a shopping district now that large D.F.O's are available, it isn't a place of residence, and because of past failures is not a draw card for visitors. I don't have answers to give, there are larger minds than mine to figure that out, I'm just expressing my thoughts.
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107 of 108  Mon 27th Mar 2017 2:03pm  
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On 26th Mar 2017 11:40pm, Gumnut said: I shall reiterate the point that I am trying to make. I very much believe that the ''City Centre" has lost its identity and has become a mishmash of competing styles and designs....
I have no desire to argue with anyone, but debate is healthy. But the point I will make it - what IS Coventry's identity? Is it as a medieval powerhouse? Is it as a major pre-industrial revolution cottage industry? Is it a pre-war industrial manufacturing boom town? Is it a post-war civic experiment? Is it a millennial university city? The truth is it is ALL of those things, and that is why we have this clash of styles. It shows a constantly evolving city and the rich diversity of it rather than a place that saw one growth spurt and then just slowly stagnated and died. Architecturally out of date - well arguably then the medieval stuff is the most out of date. That is not to say mistakes haven't been made, and some things have been imposed that should've maybe been thought through better, but again that is with hindsight. But this is not restricted to the modern or post-war era - things were imposed and plonked down even in medieval times against people's wishes or without due consideration of the consequences. But as I say over time it has either been removed or just become part of the fabric of the city centre and thus accepted. It's now 'quirky' or 'unique' when in reality it's more likely 'poor design'. If you could return in 100 years time you'd find people making exactly the same arguments about things you think don't fit because to the people in question they're just part of the city centre. If you look at the post war plans so much of it was never done that if it had you could argue that everything would be more coherent and we wouldn't have a clash of styles etc because it would've almost all been replaced. The argument is the same as you make, the only difference being what people consider is or should be the 'identity' of the city. For me, the city centre is constantly changing and long may it continue because that is what will ultimately keep this city alive.
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108 of 108  Tue 28th Mar 2017 3:45am  
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I have no desire to argue with anyone! In itself it indicates that you are. It's just an opinion. Right or wrong in others eyes it's not an attack on your thoughts or opinions. I have not disagreed with a personal comment at all, I have only expressed my own. Debate is a good thing, there is room for improvement regarding that point. Edited by member, 28th Mar 2017 6:31 am
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