Often, I return to places where the developers have apparently MODERNISED a once magnificent place, only to find that they have totally destroyed it. With this fear in mind, my recent visit to the quay at Newcastle was a very pleasant surprise. Not one bit of development seemed out of place. The use of space was delightful, spacious, elegant, creative and totally in keeping with its historic past, even to the point of reconising its once of 'slave trading'.
I did used to love the old buildings along the quayside, the old cobbles, the dirtiness and grime. But the very best of these have been saved and given a sensitive facelift. Well done Newcastle!