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Old November 22nd, 2011, 05:11 PM   #81
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Ah, the famous Frankfurt Christmas Market
Birmingham looks alright, better than I imagined it.
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Old November 22nd, 2011, 06:45 PM   #82
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Is it famous?

Did you imagine a wasteland?

It isn't that bad thankfully!
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Old November 22nd, 2011, 07:04 PM   #83
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People in Frankfurt might have heard about it in the paper since we exported it to our sister city

I didn't imagine a wasteland but I thought it was greyer.
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Old November 22nd, 2011, 07:08 PM   #84
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Ah, ok, if you are from Frankfurt that makes sense
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Old November 22nd, 2011, 10:09 PM   #85
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More pics, please
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Old November 23rd, 2011, 12:54 AM   #86
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good skate spots and a frankfurt market... I should visit ..
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Old November 24th, 2011, 12:12 AM   #87
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Fantastic pictures, such a vast improvement this year.
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Old November 24th, 2011, 04:13 PM   #88
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a lot of people presents this city as a rubbish, insecure town. What is the reality?
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Old November 24th, 2011, 04:23 PM   #89
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Well I've never been killed in the 7 years I've worked here so it can't be that dangerous!

It has good parts and not such good parts like most cities.
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Old November 24th, 2011, 04:24 PM   #90
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Is it not one of the safer cities in the britain?
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Old November 24th, 2011, 04:39 PM   #91
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The murder rate is above average but lower than many of the other biggest cities.

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Police Authority - population - 5-year average homicide rate per 100,000

Strathclyde (Glasgow and surrounding area) - 2.3m - 3.00
Metropolitan (Greater London) - 7.4m - 2.22
Merseyside (Liverpool area) - 1.36m - 2.18
Greater Manchester - 2.5m - 2.04
West Midlands (Birmingham area) - 2.6m - 1.92
West Yorkshire (Leeds/Bradford area) - 2.1m - 1.86
Gwent - 0.56m - 1.69
South Yorkshire (Sheffield area) - 1.3m - 1.69
Lothian & Borders (includes Edinburgh) - 0.92m - 1.61
Northern Scotland - 0.30m - 1.60
Tayside - 0.39m - 1.55
Northern Ireland* - 1.7m - 1.53
Bedfordshire - 0.58m - 1.51
Northumbria - 1.4m - 1.41
Central Scotland - 0.28m - 1.35
Nottinghamshire - 1.0m - 1.33
Lancashire - 1.5m - 1.33
Grampian - 0.53m - 1.33
Northamptonshire - 0.64m - 1.28
Fife - 0.36m - 1.23
Dumfries & Galloway - 0.15m - 1.22
Cambridgeshire - 0.70m - 1.20
Durham - 0.60m - 1.11
Humberside - 1.1m - 1.11
Warwickshire - 0.53m - 1.07
Wiltshire - 0.63m - 1.06
Cheshire - 0.98m - 1.04
North Wales - 0.68m - 1.04
South Wales - 1.2m - 1.01
Devon & Cornwall - 1.65m - 1.01
Leicestershire - 0.90m - 0.98
Norfolk - 0.80m - 0.98
West Mercia - 1.2m - 0.94
Cleveland - 0.55m - 0.94
Thames Valley - 2.1m - 0.92
Sussex - 1.5m - 0.92
Staffordshire - 1.1m - 0.90
Essex - 1.6m - 0.90
Dyfed-Powys - 0.50m - 0.88
Avon & Somerset - 1.5m - 0.87
Dorset - 0.69m - 0.84
Kent - 1.7m - 0.82
Suffolk - 0.68m - 0.80
Lincolnshire - 0.75m - 0.75
Gloucestershire - 0.56m - 0.74
Hampshire - 1.8m - 0.74
Derbyshire - 1.0m - 0.72
North Yorkshire - 0.81m - 0.71
Surrey - 1.1m - 0.71
Cumbria - 0.5m - 0.64
Hertfordshire - 1.5m - 0.59
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Old November 25th, 2011, 03:25 AM   #92
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very intereating. Thanks for sharing your photos of your lovely city
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Old November 25th, 2011, 12:08 PM   #93
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No problem. It's not my city as such, I just work here rather than live here but I guess that makes it a second home!
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Old November 25th, 2011, 04:42 PM   #94
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Birmingham is a memorial to the sheer brainlessness and utter stupidity of the 60s planers, who have created a 20th century equivalent of a medieval walled city (wall being the motorway) filled with grotesque monstrosities. Ive been there twice though.
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Old November 25th, 2011, 04:47 PM   #95
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Glad you liked it!

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Old November 25th, 2011, 04:54 PM   #96
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They should do something about that motorway, city centre itself could do with some reconstructing (whats happening with New Street Station are they still going ahead with that cool replacement?). The best thing(s) about Birmingham are Digbeth, Jewellery Quarter, canals and that chinese restaurant Ive dined twice in.
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Old November 25th, 2011, 05:04 PM   #97
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I don't think there are many monstrosities in the city centre itself these days, the bullring redevelopment got rid of a lot of that stuff some years ago, but there are still plenty just outside. The dual-carriageway inner ringroad (not actually a motorway) around half the centre is an obstruction but in recent years there have been moves to link up areas like the mailbox beyond it to the city centre.

Yes, the New St redevelopment has started, the ugly old commieblock tower at the rear of the station has just been pulled down and part of the Pallasades centre on top of it are now closed off.

http://www.newstreetnewstart.co.uk/c...-progress.aspx
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Old November 25th, 2011, 09:18 PM   #98
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what this motorway has? I often heard that it is a town with "the" motorway

What particular with this road?
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Old November 26th, 2011, 03:55 PM   #99
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I don't think there are many monstrosities in the city centre itself these days, the bullring redevelopment got rid of a lot of that stuff some years ago, but there are still plenty just outside. The dual-carriageway inner ringroad (not actually a motorway) around half the centre is an obstruction but in recent years there have been moves to link up areas like the mailbox beyond it to the city centre.

Yes, the New St redevelopment has started, the ugly old commieblock tower at the rear of the station has just been pulled down and part of the Pallasades centre on top of it are now closed off.

http://www.newstreetnewstart.co.uk/c...-progress.aspx

I had no idea that tower block had been demolished. I used to work in the BT building opposite and often thought how inappropriate such a building was for the city centre as I stood at the window and stared at it!
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Old December 3rd, 2011, 02:30 AM   #100
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what this motorway has? I often heard that it is a town with "the" motorway

What particular with this road?
"The" Motorway could mean one of two things. Spaghetti Junction which is a complex junction to the north of Birmingham. It is no less ugly than any other junction in the world. In fact I believe it has quite a bit of charm.



Alternatively, "The" Motorway could mean the old ring road which has largely been demolished. It used to circle the entire core and stifled growth. In the late 1990's the part of the ring road which was on stilts (Masshouse) was demolished and is now being turned into museums, universities and parkland (called Eastside) while the rest of the ring road remains largely underground in tunnels which has always been the case since it was constructed in the 1960's. It is now a through road, which most cities have.

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Under construction - it's not perfect but a million times better than before and nowhere near as bad as people make it out.
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