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Reading in General
Member Name: ness
Reading in General
Date: 20/11/00, updated on 20/11/00 (67 review reads)
Advantages: High Employment, Lots to do
Disadvantages: Traffic congestion!
I have lived just outside Reading all of my life. Although not perfect it does have some good features.
I think its best point is probably its locality. It is reasonably close to London & Windsor and also to the South coastal towns of Southampton and Portsmouth.
Reading is a very old town, with its own Abbey ruins . The town developed into a town of the 3 ‘B’ industries- Biscuits (Huntley & Palmers), Beer (Courages) and Bulbs (Sutton Seeds). Nowadays, these industries have been dwarfed by the Silicone Industry, as Reading is the centre of the ‘Silicone Valley’ where most of the computer giants have their Head Offices.
Shopping is good in Reading, especially since the Oracle shopping centre opened around a year ago. There is plenty of nightlife in the town centre also. However Reading’s roads are forever congested, and the car parks are very expensive, so I would recommend public transport to get there. There are excellent rail services to and from Reading.
I would say that Reading is a victim of its own success. Because of its high employment it attracts people from areas of higher unemployment. Because of its position and trained workforce, more companies want to re-locate to Reading and the surrounding area. This has led to a massive increase in the number of houses being built in and around the Reading area, which is eating up the small pockets of green areas. Small villages have become housing estates, and one village has sprawled into the next. The increase in population has led to severe congestion on all the roads in and around Reading. Its popularity has also led to extremely high property prices.
Reading is trying to obtain City status. Although a large town with a University and many attractions, I do not feel it is worthy of a City status. It is probably most famed for hosting the annual Reading Rock Festival on the August bank holiday. If you are not intending to visit the fest
ival you should avoid the area over this period.