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Mick Strong
Coventry
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31 of 41  Sun 12th Sep 2021 10:27am  
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On 12th Sep 2021 9:53am, Helen F said: Go on then Mick, what are your thoughts?
Hi Helen Having seen many changes over the last 60 years, it is a city centre that has had a massive decline in revenue and has tried its best to keep up to date. Having lived in Coventry all of my life, the centre was important to me personally during the late 60's and early 70's. In those years I had been to very few places to compare it to, so it appeared to me to be quite up to date. Now, I hardly ever visit (last time was to go to IKEA), no need to, there is nothing I can't buy elsewhere or on line. But, I do not knock it, it is still my home town and I feel it is doing its best, but it will never please everyone. The shape and style of the buildings do not bother me, I do like the new colourful student accommodation buildings. One thing though, I have never felt the need or desire to live there.
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Midland Red
Cherwell
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32 of 41  Sun 12th Sep 2021 10:34am  
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Mick. Here’s some of those new buildings which have altered the city skyline Thumbs up Looking from Belgrade Plaza, across Upper Well Street and beyond the Coventry Telegraph site. Weaver Place rises high in a view from the Corporation Street end of Well Street. It has been built on the corner of Bishop Street and Lamb Street. Bishop Street, from Corporation Street, with the high-rise Bishop Gate complex in Tower Street which replaced the Royal Mail building.
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Mick Strong
Coventry
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33 of 41  Sun 12th Sep 2021 10:40am  
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Great pictures, thanks MR
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Helen F
Warrington
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34 of 41  Sun 12th Sep 2021 11:36am  
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If you can afford to live and commute from a nice detached home with a garden in a leafy area, why wouldn't you move? But we haven't got the land for everyone to have their dream home. Increasingly we need people to live in cities. That not only reduces their physical footprint but all the others. When people get closer together then services and restaurants become more viable. People supported theatres and cinemas in the past because there was less to do at home, now those attractions have to be easy to get to and offer something people can't get at home. Those venues can't afford much novelty if there isn't a large and regular audience. Cities grew from a need to pool resources, including safety. In the early 1800s people could suddenly spread out and the vacant spaces were taken by business. Then businesses outgrew town centres and offices and large stores replaced them. The pandemic has merely turbo charged the next phase, where large, in town shops are going and even office life might be on the verge of abandoning the centre. They're building massive sheds in the countryside and munching green fields by the dozen. We genuinely need cities to become popular again, but tempting people back to them isn't easy. Easier for people to start there when they can't afford anywhere else. The government has a theory that those who no longer have kids should give up their homes and move into flats but they'd have to be outstanding. Who would give up their home, their friends and their space to move into a small flat with a dodgy lift and limited amenities? Having investigated retirement complexes I can tell you that they're a rip off.
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Dreamtime
Perth Western Australia
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35 of 41  Sun 12th Sep 2021 5:03pm  
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On 12th Sep 2021 10:40am, Mick Strong said: Great pictures, thanks MR
Yes, they are great pictures MR, but why do they remind me of matchboxes standing on end?
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Mick Strong
Coventry
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36 of 41  Sun 12th Sep 2021 6:44pm  
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Perhaps because they are "ENGLANDS GLORY"
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lindatee2002
Virginia USA
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37 of 41  Sun 12th Sep 2021 10:35pm  
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Where were these photos taken. I haven't been to Cov. in ages so I sometimes find it hard to orient myself.
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Midland Red
Cherwell
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38 of 41  Mon 13th Sep 2021 8:19am  
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lindatee, I’ve now added captions to the photos Thumbs up
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Kaga simpson
Peacehaven, East Sussex
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39 of 41  Mon 13th Sep 2021 11:28am  
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Coventry could have been planned better in the thirties. With the hills and lows of Coventry and a river through two thirds of the city, it should have made use of the water, a garden city, and districts like smaller cities along all its banks. Wood End could have spread all along the Sowe, the slough, with riverside homes, gardens and shops. All it needed was a little imagination.
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lindatee2002
Virginia USA
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40 of 41  Mon 13th Sep 2021 6:15pm  
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On 13th Sep 2021 8:19am, Midland Red said: lindatee, I’ve now added captions to the photos Thumbs up
Thank you so much, I never would have guessed. I used to catch the Radford bus outside a suitcase/handbag shop at the bottom of the street.
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Mick Strong
Coventry
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41 of 41  Wed 22nd Sep 2021 12:51pm  
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On 13th Sep 2021 11:28am, Kaga simpson said: Coventry could have been planned better in the thirties. With the hills and lows of Coventry and a river through two thirds of the city, it should have made use of the water, a garden city, and districts like smaller cities along all its banks. Wood End could have spread all along the Sowe, the slough, with riverside homes, gardens and shops. All it needed was a little imagination.
Plus a whole lot of cash!!
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