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Great but a few niggles
Milton Keynes in General
Member Name: filtonstu
Milton Keynes in General
Advantages: Grid roads, redways, open space, low pollution, dynamic, now some landmarks, friendly people
Disadvantages: Centre looking tired, underpasses, MK Metro buses & Bus Station , state of The Point
Milton Keynes my hometown of 17 years where do I start? Well firstly we have the grid system of Horizontal and vertical roads (eg H1 and V1)speed traffic effortlessly around the city with the odd exception. Houses and businesses are screened from these high speed route by dense planting and earth banks minimising disturbance. The redways provide an alternative in some cases to the car but only really for grid squares adjoining the centre. Redways are generaly intended to be leisure routes, which sadly seems a missed oppotunity however they are a fantastic recreational resource . Mant take in beautiful scenery for example North Willen Park with its lake the church and the Peace Pagoda. Which brings me on to another of our strengths space. Much of the open space was born out of necesity th lakes at Willen for example were to prevent flooding holding surface runoff. However the length to which MK's founders went to create a pleasant environment is breath taking. Campbell Park is a masterpiece. Milton Keynes is forever changing Xscape has realy injected life into the city along with the theatre and its bars / clubs we have nightlife now! These two buildings have also created real focal points Xscape can be seen for miles around. The people are friendly I have many great friends in MK. MK people stick together :).
Bad points alas the centre is looking a bit shabby these days mainly due to poor maintenence - streetlights broken, rusty railings, peeling paintwork, pieces of cladding missing from underpasses, graffiti etc. Much of this could be sorted out though it just lets down a great place to live. Yes the underpasses not one of MK's stronger points often poorly lit and uninviting although they do reduce RTA numbers. The buses oh dear what happened? MK used to have good buses back in the days of Roadcar and CityBus but no more. MK Metro seem to have no idea buses arrive at any time as long as its not on the timetable assuming that there is one at the bus stop often there isn't. The bus station is also a let down again it is poorly looked after but the bar above it called Shout! is ace although a bit cheeesy lol! Final rant The Point a lovely bulding just such as shame its future is uncertain i needs investment but it must stay its so much a part of the city a reminder of how MK rose to become great and our first landmark. Just get rid of Sleazy Cinema sorry easy cinema lol! demolish that shabby orange box and leave just the Point itself build a square in its place put the pPOint back at the heart of MK. All in all MK is a brilliant city I just hope it stays that way I will never forget my home. :)
Summary: Amazing parks, Fast efficient roads, redaway system unigue and now a good nightlife!
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