Definitely, I think this is one of the areas that Manchester City Council need to improve dramatically. It's all well and good allowing numerous high rise projects but it's important to look after the city at street level as well, as I think this is where Manchester is at its best. The council needs to be far more imaginative when it comes to paving. We want to be a world class city, we want to attract tourists from across the globe, and not just visitors to Old Trafford. This is all part of it. Like you say, the use of coloured tiles would be far more practical as well as more presentable. The amount of patching up of roads and pavements around the centre is a disgrace. As was mentioned previously, Mosley Street is a prime example- the road surface is shocking, and they haven't even bothered to re-paint the white and yellow lines which are fading and give a appearance of decay and neglect. If they're going to continue using so much tarmac, they should regularly resurface rather than constantly patching up.SleepyOne said:I couldn't agree more. This is an extension of previous points made about the complete obsolecense of those tiny roads you see where you have 1m of useless and poorly surfaced raised pavement area, double yellow lines either side and little more than a car's width of roadway.
Why not extend the shared roadway / pavement homezone concept...? Why do we put up with those awful tarmaced pavements? Why not follow the continental model of paving which utilitses attractive quasi-ceramic or coloured concrete tiles which have the advantage of being easily pulled up and repositioned for the inevitable sub-surface utility works and are which are one hell of a lot more attractive solution than relaid tarmac.
Small details such as these make such big difference and in turn make the city a more liveable place.