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Coventry in General
Member Name: adamdavid
Coventry in General
Date: 12/11/00, updated on 12/11/00 (66 review reads)
Advantages: It's a big city with good shopping
Disadvantages: It's nothing special, except that brilliant ring road!
I spent three years as a student at Coventry University (didn't live their mind, stayed at home in Solihull).
Before I went, Coventry had the reputation for being the stabbing capital of the world and I had visions of getting mugged every time I set foot outside after dark. In my time at Coventry, I never had or saw any trouble on a night out. There are so many CCTV cameras around the city centre that any trouble that does start to materialise seemed to be jumped on straight away by a van load of coppers.
The shopping centre is pretty good. There are most shops you could want and the night life is all right unless you want anything different (not sure what).
One of the main talking points of the city seems to be the Cathedrals. The new one sitting alongside the old one. Some people describe the new one as an eyesore, some say it's marvellous. I prefer the old one myself (even though it doesn't have a roof!)
The other main thing about Coventry is it's ingenious ring road. This consists of a large concrete road raised many feet above the city centre and joined to the ground by on and off ramps ingeniously combined into one. The entry and exit points on the ring road are one and the same thing. This means that you have cars doing 60mph heading at the same gap in a concrete wall from opposite sides. Whoever designed this thing had a great (if twisted) sense of humour.
Location wise Coventry is pretty good. Stratford-upon-Avon, Leamington Spa and Warwick are within about 20 miles
away, and Birmingham is about 15 miles away. And that also seems to be Coventry's biggest problem. It struck me as a city that desperately wants to come out from the shadow of Birmingham. Coventry is, at first glance, cold, unwelcoming, dirty and unfriendly - just like Birmingham. But get to know it and you'll find out that it isn't all that bad. It's not exactly Shangri-La but then where in this co
I wouldn't go out of my way to visit Coventry, but I wouldn't go out of my way to avoid it. I spent three and a half happy years studying and working in Coventry (even though I never lived there) and I don't regret it at all. I'm not in a hurry to go back there either though.