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Reviewer: Joginder from mVtUCMoFaXZSSYdYcT
I grew up in Reading in the 80 s and then moved away but always look back on the place with very fond memiroes .guess thats looking through rose tinted specs of childhood!Having visited the town again last summer after many years and now looking at the place from a more detached (almost outsiders point of view) I can see some great stuff and some not so great stuff.The pedestrianised Broad street is great!The Oracle centre is impressive (but the same as all the other major malls around the UK).The Forbury Gardens still look great.But on the down side The Hexagon,Friar street and Station Hill are all looking run down and neglected.The plans to redevelop the station Hill area somehow look very good, but Reading also needs to be careful not to end up like any other town. The UK now has so many of these newly developed areas with offices and large open squares .which just end up as windy Nothing spaces' .get some more green spaces in the centre instead!Getting more business into the town is of course incredibly important, but nowadays that inevitably meens building anonymous office blocks to be occupied by anonymous companies .it leaves the whole town feeling a bit bland and errr anonymous !There are towns around the UK where you can sense the people living there have real civic pride in the place but if you read through peoples comments here and in the local news papers in Reading, I always get the impression that people either don't care or actually dont like the town .real shame.I say this not to criticise Reading, but because im still very fond of the place and I wish more people were too!Not sure Reading is ready to be classed as a City yet .Id concentrate on getting the people living there loving the place as a great town with character first.
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