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Old February 8th, 2017, 02:25 AM   #2061
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This is the view from high above Priory Queensway.

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Old February 8th, 2017, 09:55 AM   #2062
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Great photo.

Lewis's looks the business in that pic. Such an underrated building in the city but it really is a gem IMO. Understated solid design and yet has a lovely elegant charm about it.
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Old February 8th, 2017, 10:53 PM   #2063
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Great photo.

Lewis's looks the business in that pic. Such an underrated building in the city but it really is a gem IMO. Understated solid design and yet has a lovely elegant charm about it.
And then you have that giant turd of a buidling opposite
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Old February 9th, 2017, 12:11 AM   #2064
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And then you have that giant turd of a buidling opposite
Indeed. Would love to see that replaced with a building of similar bulk to Lewis's built with stone/glass but with a contemporary style.
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Old February 9th, 2017, 12:49 AM   #2065
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And then you have that giant turd of a buidling opposite
Well said. It used to feel like the entry point of Brum when I used to go over on the Bus. However time has moved on and it just looks awful.

Besides with no Virgin Megastore there, it's just not the same...
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Old February 9th, 2017, 12:59 AM   #2066
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Well said. It used to feel like the entry point of Brum when I used to go over on the Bus. However time has moved on and it just looks awful.

Besides with no Virgin Megastore there, it's just not the same...
Now there's a blast from the past. Totally forgot Virgin Megastores used to be there.
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Old February 9th, 2017, 01:32 AM   #2067
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About the only decent thing about it is the little clock tower on the roof.
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Old February 9th, 2017, 10:31 AM   #2068
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Each of those buildings, including Martineau leading up to the Old Square and Lewis's have been flagged for redevelopment as part of the wider Curzon plan. You'd hope those buildings immediately fronting the main station entrance will be a priority redevelopment too, which will completely transform this side of the centre.

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Old February 9th, 2017, 10:50 AM   #2069
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I would of thought so, with HS2 coming, this has got to be some of the best redevelopment land in the city. Maybe the owners are waiting for the design of the station to be unveiled and for HS2 to be given royal assent before they bring forwards plans for the site.
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Old February 14th, 2017, 12:55 AM   #2070
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Our Great City.


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Old February 14th, 2017, 09:48 AM   #2071
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Wish there was a bit more neon - shame Alpha doesn't have some subtle lighting at the top. Still BT looking good in the shot.
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Old February 14th, 2017, 08:43 PM   #2072
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Awesome pics Reiss, BT tower looks like its got a hat on.
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Old February 15th, 2017, 05:27 AM   #2073
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It's a great photo but in regards to the city at night. I tend to not be as impressed with seeing cities at night since you can make a dead donkey look beautiful if you stick lights on it, when it's dark,
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Old February 15th, 2017, 11:26 AM   #2074
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Great photo but makes you realise just how low rise it really is for city of its size. Quite boring really. We need two or three 150m plus towers without a doubt.
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Old February 15th, 2017, 06:59 PM   #2075
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Don't you ever get bored of your unrelenting, uncritical negativity. Try finding something positive to say, you may like it
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Old February 15th, 2017, 09:52 PM   #2076
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Don't you ever get bored of your unrelenting, uncritical negativity. Try finding something positive to say, you may like it
I really dont think it is possible.
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Old February 15th, 2017, 11:40 PM   #2077
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He's right though. Why can people only comment on here if it is something positive? Rose tinted glasses! Enough of that please. We need a bit of a reality check every once in a while, Birmingham isn't the utopia you think it is. We have a long way to go until we have a city to be proud of. No point pretending the standard of architecture of a lot of buildings in the city is anything more than mediocre either. If you disagree with others tastes and standards then it's your own fault!
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Old February 16th, 2017, 12:34 AM   #2078
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He's right though. Why can people only comment on here if it is something positive? Rose tinted glasses! Enough of that please. We need a bit of a reality check every once in a while, Birmingham isn't the utopia you think it is. We have a long way to go until we have a city to be proud of. No point pretending the standard of architecture of a lot of buildings in the city is anything more than mediocre either. If you disagree with others tastes and standards then it's your own fault!
Your just as bad, relentlessly negative about everything in the city. But I certainly wasn't saying you can't be negative, critical or highlight the many flaws in the city. However several posters simply only ever post negativity about everything. So the above comment says more about your need for blanket criticism rather than a measured conversation about what's good, mediocre, bad and what we can realistically expect from private developers and the public sector.

I don't ever remember saying Birmingham was a utopia and have been a constant critic of the architectural standards in the city, which IMO have improved a lot over the last decade. As well as critical of BCC.
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Old February 16th, 2017, 01:40 AM   #2079
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I have been positive when there is something to be positive about. I'm excited about HS2, Paradise, New Garden Square, Moda, Axis square, Smithfield, Martineau Galleries and Snow Hill happening. There will always be some proposals that are disappointing, they won't all be perfect. We have a lot of eyesores in this city already anyway. Nothing to be positive there. We ought to rank them really.
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Old February 16th, 2017, 01:52 AM   #2080
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Yes lots of eyesores, some unfashionable architecture and some awful urban planning. Balanced by some interesting new builds, considered restorations and recycling.

Shocking poverty, inner city decay and some beautiful parks and suburbs. A great nightlife and restaurant scene with some great arts and culture.

There's a lot still to do.....but it's certainly not where it was twenty years ago.
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