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Birmingham 61 12.40%
Glasgow 118 23.98%
Leeds 60 12.20%
Liverpool 80 16.26%
Manchester 107 21.75%
Other (please state) 66 13.41%
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Old November 1st, 2006, 10:16 PM   #1
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Best Present Streetscape

Which city is the best at ground level?

Let's just see if you can vote for a city OTHER than the one you live in/was born.

As suggested by Kids in the Riot,
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Old November 1st, 2006, 10:18 PM   #2
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Birmingham with all the bias I have within me.
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Old November 1st, 2006, 11:21 PM   #3
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Even with the Big top?

I did write a wonderful description of each city and which order I put them into, and why, only for this website to fall over again. makes a change huh?

Can't be bothered doing it again. But Glasgow, that's what I put, out of those.
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Old November 1st, 2006, 11:39 PM   #4
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This thread has been a long time in the waiting. It's gonna be tricky though to decide on which city to vote for in this thread, compared to threads such as 'Best current skyline' and 'best future skyline' because you can't simply look at a few skyline shots to help you make your choice.

If you haven't been to one of the cities listed, is it really fair to vote? The only city listed that I haven't been to is Glasgow and the general feeling is that has one of the best streetscapes in the country. I guess I'm gonna have to visit Glasgow before I can vote on this poll.
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Old November 1st, 2006, 11:52 PM   #5
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I think this is one of those threads where people will just vote their own city rather than thinking about it,I thought about voting Glasgow which is quite beautiful at street level but can look a bit uniform with all those stone buildings. Manchester has the most ecclectic streetscape so therefore more interest for me.
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Old November 2nd, 2006, 12:05 AM   #6
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I have to say Leeds; there are very few areas that aren't 'nice'. Definetley not Birmingham (Some areas are nice- others not). Glasgow has some very nice streets, but some need improvement. Liverpool and Manchester are 'OK' but just a bit boring.
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Old November 2nd, 2006, 12:50 AM   #7
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Let's get some photos on the go!

The gorgeous Selfridges...



Centenary Square from high above...



And Finally, the sexy base of Holloway Circus Tower next to a dirty, vile car park...

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Old November 2nd, 2006, 12:51 AM   #8
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Hehehe, Manchester!

Pics from Flickr:











More pics in a bit.
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Old November 2nd, 2006, 01:46 AM   #9
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Leeds





[IMG]http://www.*******************/leeds-shopping02052005/source/image/leeds-shopping-8393.jpg[/IMG]


[IMG]http://www.*******************/winter_sunshine012003/source/image/dscn8748.jpg[/IMG]

Avoided the grandeur of the main areas and squares to try to give a better view of what most the city is like. Cloth Hall Street, The Headrow, Park Row, Infirmary Street, East Parade and The Calls are all streets I would like to include; can't find decent pictures.
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Old November 2nd, 2006, 01:55 AM   #10
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I vote Leeds but I've never been to Glasgow.
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Old November 2nd, 2006, 08:43 AM   #11
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I have lots of phone-cam (shudder) pics of Leeds which I shall include, taken spontaneously just before I moved to London. My vote, of course, will go to Leeds. I love the mixture of the old and new sitting hand in hand. The shopping is fantastic there, just the right mix of things for the perfect shopping trip (1/4 shopping to 3/4 coffee). There's plenty of open space, but plenty of hidden, cobbled streets with nice pubs down too.

One thing I would complain about though is the lack of green in the city. I don't think I remember ever seeing a tree there, except in Park Square!




I must apologise for the quality of the pictures, but as I say, they were completely spontaneous, and taken literally on my last venture into the city before I left.

Some better quality pics.






All of the thumnails are clickable, and I cannot take any credit for the second set of photies!

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Old November 2nd, 2006, 11:51 AM   #12
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I have voted Glasgow - only been once but the city centre is good for street-level stuff.

I would put Brum second, possibly bias, but possibly because Brum used to have by far the WORST streetscape (subways, flyovers, lots of city centre traffic) so they had to do something radical. Now we have lots of wide pavements, public squares and high quality public realm. Not as much block paving as I'd like but we're getting there...

I must say (and this isn't a slight) that I am disappointed with Mcr. For all the great proposals and buildings coming on-line I really think the public realm needs sorting. The pavements are quite narrow (I can see that this could be part of the charm, but in my book pedestrians are the most important in a city centre, and it is bad when people have to step into the road on a busy street). It feels like London with the streetscape, and whilst the buildings are gorgeous (old and new), you don't really get the chance to appreciate them.

Don't really remember much of Leeds so won't comment.

Sheffield's pretty good though
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Old November 2nd, 2006, 12:18 PM   #13
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There can be only one. And it's certainly Glasgow.
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Old November 2nd, 2006, 12:50 PM   #14
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There can be only one. And it's certainly Glasgow.
I agree but I suppose they'll finish way back knowing these lot.
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Old November 2nd, 2006, 01:08 PM   #15
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Never been to the UK but Glasgow and Edinburgh seem to have the upper hand when it comes to old architecture and streetscape. I take it they didnt got bombed during the war?
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Although Im very impressed by those Manchester and Leeds pics. I have this little feeling that theyre pretty well selected though, but maybe Im wrong.
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No most of Leeds is like that. Leeds has a fantastic street scape and the shopping there is great (I'm not a big shopper but my girlfriend is).
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Although Im very impressed by those Manchester and Leeds pics. I have this little feeling that theyre pretty well selected though, but maybe Im wrong.
Maybe you are right SuomiPoika!!!!!!
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Old November 2nd, 2006, 01:54 PM   #19
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I recon Sheffield has some of the nicest streetscapes. It's just a shame theyre heavily outweighed by the crap parts.
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Average Manchester Street scene.

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Although Im very impressed by those Manchester and Leeds pics. I have this little feeling that theyre pretty well selected though, but maybe Im wrong.
This will give you a better idea of Manchester's street scape!
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