*-City Of Bradford-*
So what do you people think of the UKs Capital of Curry and Unesco City of Film?
Well I prefer you talk about the city.Are you asking about; Bradford - the Metropolitan District, or, Bradford - the city at the centre of the district. They are fairly distinctively different subjects to me.
It's a superb park and that is shown by its achievement a few years ago when it was named best park in the whole of England. This park is key for helping the cities mostly white population mix with the cities ethnic minorites. If their is one thing that can help ethnic segregation, its open spaces and Lister Park does a great job.Just went to Manningham park and the galery this weekend and I've not been there for several years so it was amazing to see the transformation. It was very much a park that had 'seen better days' and now it is fantastic! And as a result it was very well used too. I was very impressed.
I'm still here. And I will be here for a while even if I have to move for Uni.However I was with a group of friends and a copule of us had moved our of Bradford several years ago and so we both knew lots of people who were devoted to Bradford and born there and had roots there goimng back generations but had all now moved out of Bradford.
I blame the Media and the credit crunch.I like Bradford much more now that I don't have to live there. But I think from recent visits it has more promise then people give it credit for but it really has a long way to go before it will be respected.
Howarth is strongely thought to be in Bradford, however the likes a Keighley are not and thats a good thing. Bingley is kind of in the middle, some people think it is some people think it isn't. People don't believe the facts, they just make up their own opinions.I don't consider the outer areas such as Haworth, Bingley, Ilkley etc as Bradford, in fact I think it is a shame they are connected with the city rather then just being part of West Yorkshire. It would be better for those areas to not be connected with the 'Bradford' word. Sorry.
Over the past year I've made fleeting visits to both Bradford and Hull, both cities which have not enjoyed the best of reputations. Being based in the south, I'd visited neither city centre for many years.Love it. Always have a great time when I go for a walk round town for a day out.
There are tons of grand, historic buildings, and the setting of the city is dramatic and fascinating.
There are parallels with my home city of Hull in many ways in that it is a beautiful treasure trove of history with fantastic assets and great potential that has for too long been stifled by a lack of investment and ignorant perceptions from the rest of the country.
I'm sorry to say that I am forced to agree with that assessment. While it is invidious to compare one place with another, there is definitely the feel in many of the region's major towns and cities that things are moving, the recession notwithstanding. While Leeds and Sheffield clearly lead the pack, other places I've been to this year include Barnsley, Doncaster, Hull and Wakefield, and they all have a bit of a buzz about them. Even Rotherham is starting to see a shift with the opening up of the waterfront....Of the two I was very pleasantly surprised by Hull and got the impression of somewhere that was starting to take a pride in itself. Sadly, Bradford was every bit as depressing as I was perhaps expecting. The potential is there but while every other large city has kicked on significantly in the last 20 years, Bradford's improvements seem rather token...