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Beautiful yet hideous
Exeter in general
Member Name: felow
Exeter in general
Date: 14/02/04, updated on 14/02/04 (88 review reads)
Advantages: Most the highstreet stores, Medieval Cathedral
Disadvantages: Full of drunks, Nothing interesting
I often wonder how anyone can some up an entire city, even a small one like Exeter, in a review like this. There is an endless amount of things one could say about Exeter, or any other city for that matter, as these days cities are rapidly loseing any uniqueness. Every city has the same shops, and all these shops sell exactly the same products. For this review I will attempt to outline what makes Exeter different, whilst also explaining what makes it exactly the same as anywhere else.
Exeter is an old city, founded some 2000 years ago by the Roman 2nd Augusta Legion as a military outpost. Around the centre of the city one can see the remains of the Roman wall in a few places. The most striking building in the city is the medieval Cathedral, and surrounding green, which can be one of the most pleasant places in the city to sit and ponder lifes problems. As a stark contrast less than a 2 minute walk from the cathedral you can get to a McDonalds, Burger King or KFC. The shops on a whole are very standard for the city of it's size. Woolworths, WHSmith, Argos, Sainsburys and Tescos centrals, various brand clothes stores, Debenhams, Waterstones etc etc.
Key areas I would suggest for anyone to visit would be the key, the cathedral, and the motorway leading away from the city. The centre of the city has a large and noticeable problem, this being drunks, tramps and drug-addicts. Every pleasant place you find to sit down, you will be approached by someone asking for spare change for alcohol or drugs. Indeed many do not even bother to lie about what they intend to spend your change on, and will quite happily tell you they insted to get wasted etc. Only a few months ago upon the key, a wild swan was brutally beaten to death by a drug-crazed lunatic. I read more frequently in the newspaper of attacks by drunken thugs. The city also now boasts a large and very noticeable population of asylum seekers, who you can see walking in large gangs along the far ends
of the main centre. The locals are for the most part rude, ignorant people who will happily barge right past you in the street. Add to this the large amounts of charity workers, market researchers, mormons and other religious workers who stop you in the street and you will soon find walking through the city a nightmare. And it shall only ever get worse as the city Expands. Unlike London, and other large citys, Exeter lacks anything really worth visiting.
The city is extremely unpleasant at night, and it is hard for one to feel safe there anymore.
Too often will people call this a nice, pleasant city, and if you take away the people it probably would be. For me personaly the centre of the city is a depressing place to have to visit.