REDUCED Birmingham Past and Present: The City Centre - Volume 2
The centre of Birmingham is currently undergoing as great a transformation as at any time in its history, so this book and its companion volume take a very timely `past and present' look at the city centre.
More than 150 photographs paint a fascinating portrait of Britain's second city, from the 19th-century industrial age, with its factories, trams and tightly-packed housing, through the brave new world of the motor-car age, when the city was submerged under concrete and tarmac, and on to the dynamic present-day developments. Using pictures taken sometimes more than a century apart, this second volume concentrates on the city's commerce, entertainment and shopping facilities, as well as taking a look at the development of the 1960s Inner Ring Road scheme.
At the beginning of the 21st century the city is at last escaping the strait-jacket of its ring road and new vistas and open spaces are being revealed, while wholesale regeneration of industrial areas has formed imaginative complexes like
Brindley Place, Centenary Square and Millennium Point. Yet again, Birmingham is re-inventing its centre in order to maintain its position as the thriving and vibrant regional capital of the West Midlands.
Softback, 144 pages, black & white and colour photographs
REDUCED - End of print run
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