There is an interesting comment on the Evening Post website, some of which is reproduced below.
“Back in the late 80s Nottingham was a pleasant but unexciting post-industrial city full of closed factories, with a fairly unexciting proposition for people who wanted to eat, drink and socialise in the city.
During the 90s, matters improved dramatically. Restaurants, cafes and bars sprung up and the city was probably the most vibrant in the UK. Cafe culture had hit town.
The city was there for all to use. You could bus in, drive in, hire a cab or take the train. It was easy to drive in from the country, park for free or cheaply, do some shopping, have some lunch and drive home again.
In the evening you could return to the city for a night out at any of the vast number of bars / pubs and restaurants. It was very rare to see trouble and the city felt exciting and lively.
Fast forwards to 2009 and Nottingham is regressing badly.
The transport policy penalises drivers, in favour of firstly council revenues and secondly people who can use public transport. The affluent people who used to drive into the city and spend money go elsewhere now. So the individual shops are dying out in favour of “World of Chav” and “Hoodie-U-Like”.
It is no longer to just “pop in” to Nottingham for a quick bit of shopping and lunch, unless you live on a bus route or tram line.
Take a drive around Nottingham city centre after dark, or at least where cars are not now banned, and it is desolate. Where once there were bars and clubs there are now To Let boards. The once vibrant Lace Market is a ghost town, with the darkened nightclub signs providing a sad reminder of how Nottingham used to be.
So what is behind it? The credit crunch? Recession? Unemployment?
No. Not in my opinion…for a city to be economically successful it needs to draw in people who will spend and consume…
The trams are a great idea, but public transport is not the only consideration. Nottingham needs to appeal to EVERYONE, not just Labour voters. Sadly it increasingly doesn’t.
This is not just my opinion. The vacant retail units in the prime rents, the closed clubs and vanished bars, the complete lack of activity in the city most nights bears testiment to it.”
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