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Date Posted: 13:00:13 12/16/04 Thu
In reply to: Ed Harris (Venezia) 's message, "Designer cities" on 20:42:00 12/08/04 Wed
My experience of travelling overseas is that I usually come back to Britain and am shocked at how petite, neat, clean and orderly it all looks. Of course then someone will gob on the street in front of me while dropping a McDonalds carton full of fries and ketchup all over the place and I will wake up, but I don't share your assessment that Britain looks ugly and untidy in comparison with most foreign destinations - perhaps living in Italy is having a distorting affect on your view?
And as for Regent Street being in a terrible state - come on! I'd rather it had been left in its original Regency form, but it still looks like it was built in that era, and although it could be better maintained, it's one of the most attractive shopping streets anywhere.... In the US they base whole residential districts on Regent Street and charge millions of dollars for the privilege of living there.
Self-criticism is all very fine and British etc., but it has to be realistic and kept in context!
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