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Milton Keynes in General
Member Name: Rosani
Milton Keynes in General
Date: 14/08/00, updated on 14/08/00 (251 review reads)
Advantages: Everything is so convenient and there is little traffic
Disadvantages: There is no IKEA nearby!
In sharp contrast with other opinions about Milton Keynes, I actually love the place. That's why I live there.
Many, many years ago, before I moved to the UK, I heard of a place in England that has this massive shopping center. That's all I knew about it, but I knew that it would be fun to see this place for myself some day.
Circumstances in my life changed and I found myself in the UK. I lived in Kent for just over 3 years and when looking for a place to move, remembered Milton Keynes and its mall. So me and my husband (who wasn't too keen, I must say) drove to MK to have a look and after viewing some properties and endless trips back and forth, decided that this was the place for us and this is where we now live.
This city has got it all: really. I can't think of anything that you might want to do but can't because there are no facilities: bowling, surfing, skiing (soon!), shopping, theater, walking, bird watching, rock climbing, museums... the list goes on.
As for the concrete city idea, this is so far away from the truth: nearly three quarters of the city are parklands and landscaping. Truth is, any other city in the UK (as far as I'm concerned) feels more like a concrete jungle than Milton Keynes!
Sure, there are sections of the city that may not be so nice but isn't that true of anywhere? Also, I agree that this certainly isn't the place for you if you like old cottages and despise modern housing. Most of the city is new so the houses are mostly new but you can find some of the old villages still retain some of that old country charm. Me? I like new houses, thank you very much, with all the modern mod cons. I guess this is why I like Milton Keynes: I like new and modern and don't much care for old and drafty.
The advantages are enormous: the grid system means that there hardly ever is traffic (and that usually means two cars queuing at a roundabout) and the much-hated ro
undabouts do make traffic keep moving. However, it is true that this city was designed mainly for the car, and the local transport isn't brilliant, but there are loads of pedestrian and bicycle lanes away from the traffic lanes, which means you can cycle (or walk) pretty much everywhere if you were so inclined.
We used to live in the garden of Kent and I don't miss it one little bit because now we have a much more beautiful place to live: all the advantages of a city in a garden environment (and no country lanes!)
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