Dear Editor, Your article yesterday seems to suggest that Birmingham should aspire to be more like a Swiss or German city. I am familiar with these cities (Geneva, Munich, etc) and yes, they are neat, well organised and safe.
They are also sterile, predictable, smug, lacking diversity and generally dull. Very, very dull. In fact, taking a quick look at the Mercer 2009 list of global city rankings and it appears suspiciously biased towards the aspirations of the white, middle class businessman.
This is not Birmingham. Birmingham has a rich working class history and even richer multi-cultural present day.
I don’t think this list is what Birmingham should be aspiring to. Birmingham is a melting pot, it is a clash of styles and cultures, it is the unexpected (good and bad). We have whole streets set aside to Balti restaurants where it is impossible to park. We have our flea market next to our premium shopping mall.
We have the Number 11 bus route. You can laugh at Birmingham sometimes but there is much more to love. Yes, Birmingham could be better.
Yes, it would be good to see the city moving up the international league tables. But not THIS league table because if this means losing what makes Birmingham unique then I, for one, am happy with 56th.
Jewellery Quarter Resident