One of our busiest streets is ig­nored

Birmingham Post - - NEWS -

DEAR Edi­tor, What has hap­pened to Union Street in Birm­ing­ham City Cen­tre?

I’ve lived in Birm­ing­ham for 23 years and this area has not seen any in­vest­ment com­pared to other parts of the city cen­tre. It is the main thor­ough­fare from High Street and Carrs Lane to Cor­po­ra­tion Street and the new tram stop.

In its cur­rent state with bro­ken flag­stones, un­com­fort­able and poorly-de­signed street fur­ni­ture and bland build­ings this is hardly an invit­ing main thor­ough­fare for vis­i­tors and tourists to Birm­ing­ham.

I would pro­pose Birm­ing­ham City Coun­cil thinks out­side the box in any fu­ture re­design of this street. To me, the pur­pose of Union Street is to draw vis­i­tors, tourists and shop­pers fur­ther into the city cen­tre to ex­plore sights such as St Philip’s Cathe­dral and the Col­more Row area.

To be re­ally in­no­va­tive, the city coun­cil could run a de­sign com­pe­ti­tion and in­volve the var­i­ous uni­ver­si­ties in the city to give a creative and mod­ern re­fur­bish­ment of Union Street. This area could be trans­formed with ef­fec­tive and creative pav­ing per­haps with draw­ings and writ­ings telling the his­tory of the area and in­form­ing pedes­tri­ans that it is the main route to the new tram stop.

Fur­ther­more, the de­sign of the 1960s build­ings above the shop fa­cades needs a makeover with brighter colours. I would like to

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