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Member Name: Local
Date: 06/07/02, updated on 06/07/02 (378 review reads)
Advantages: Lots of shops, Train station nearby, Nightlife variety
Disadvantages: Severe crime levels, Road system, Bus station
Wolverhampton is not a place I would like to visit often.
Yes, it has had millions pumped into it in recent times and the night life is very lively indeed - if you like this sort of thing.
But..there's a side to Wolverhampton that cannot be ignored: crime, to the point where one can almost taste the atmosphere of rowdiness especially during evenings and weekends. It has become a haven for voilent crime and locals are ever fearful when they enter the town and its surroundings, i.e. the Park Lane area just down the road.
I recently moved away because of such issues. Despite the large student base I do not feel that Wolverhampton is exactly the ideal seat of learning it's proclaimed to be.
The traffic congestion is some of the worst you can find in the country; the road system has to been seen to be believed. Best to avoid it like the plague unless you fancy being tailgated sround a relentless array of islands and traffic lights.
I'm not totally against Wolverhapton. I like the array of shops (especially for music and computers), and the train station is situated just a hop away from all the attractions.
But the disadvantages far outweigh the advantages. It is a predominately dirty and violent place at the best of times and most uninviting to the visitor who expects better. The bus station is a perpetual no-go area at night and if you're in urgent need of a taxi you have to wait in line at the gritty taxi rank near the station since they aren't allowed in the center. The last time I visited this town I saw countless brawls and very shady people hanging about and ended up asking myself why people would want to put themselves through it.
I have no intention of offending the people of Wolverhampton who on the whole I have always found friendly and helpful, but this town needs an overhaul if it is to attract investment and people.
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