Dear Editor, Tom Scotney (City View, July 28) perceptively comments that the ‘entertainment heart’ that was Broad Street has seen brighter times. Not only are Post readers unlikely to be supping in the ‘golden mile’ but also many party people are heading at weekends to Hurst Street.
Theatres like the Hippodrome, National Trust gems like the Back-to-backs, Chinatown eateries, top entertainment hostelries within the Gay Village and award-winning venues are all on offer.
It’s part of the Big City Plan first phase, is a likely contender for a BID (Business Improvement District) and plans are being mooted for a China gate as a further lure.
An increasing and articulate residential community are investing their enthusiasm in this City Centre area, which has a very low crime rate.
Maybe Broad Street needs to diversify and re-invent itself but if their former patrons want to visit the Hurst Street area they receive a grand welcome.
No ‘laddishness’, no spiking of drinks and they’ll have to get used to expressions from either the Orient or gay communities but given time and good attitude they can probably cope.