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RE: Great Thread - 6
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, Mon Oct 17, 2011 7:43 pm
What you have to realise is that I have collected well in excess of 20,000 photos and I only ever posted 2600 to the BHF and a lot less to the BF so there have to be many you have never seen. I have never run this thread on the BHF either.
phil..as you know ive always admired your collection of old photos and as said before its down to you sending me that first one of villa st nearly 4 years back that started me off with my collection (very small compered to yours though) im now thinking it maybe an idea for me to run a thread on aston/lozells and hockley....
, Tue Oct 18, 2011 6:06 pm
If you look back through some of these photos, you can see just how many wonderful buildings that Birmingham has got rid of over the years. Some of them really did need demolishing as they were in such a dangerous and dilapidated condition, but lots could have been saved. trouble was they didn't fit in with the modern ideas of shopping and the roads were too narrow.
How did other towns cope with this, they did what Birmingham did too late, they pedestrianised the areas. Look at towns like Stratford upon Avon where they kept the frontages of buildings and built new interiors. Was that too hard for Birmingham, no because it was done in certain places. Where Birmingham went wrong was not making a pre-requisite of any planning application that affected the town centre.
totally agree with your rant phil and i know you have seen my rants in the past....thing is once these buildings have gone thats it...never see the likes of many of our fine ones again....rant over....
totally agree with both of you. I watched a TV program about Bath, after London they get the most visitors, they've really looked after their old buildings, a lovely place to visit. All we've got are glass buildings and shops.