Piccadilly "Gardens" gets worse by the day. What a filthy, disgusting embarrassing dump greeting visitors to this great city.
I studied near the old Sunken Gardens in the '80s and my memories of it then are not as nostalgic as some reviewers'. It was always choked with pollution and a haven for drunks and down-and-outs. But it had greenery and nature, unlike the hideous, lawless wasteland that now exists.
What a gateway for local shoppers, commuters or those arriving from out of the region or overseas through Piccadilly Station, or staying in the many smart hotels that flank this zone. The litter is beyond description: Mancunians should have more self-respect than to trash their own backyard as they do here, but the fact also remains that bins are few and far between and rarely emptied, leaving fast food filth to bowl around the concrete abomination that is the square. It's sickening.
Worryingly, the detritus is now creeping into the streets of the Northern Quarter, which, with its independent shops and good eateries, is a great area in which to roam and enjoy an atmosphere different to that in the main commercial centre. It cannot be good for these businesses to have puke everywhere and old take-away trays piled up in doorways - they looked like they'd been there for months. It isn't edgy and hip, it's ugly.
I am a Mancunian and feel ashamed. I brought a friend to visit the city 14 months ago, and though she was hugely impressed with the city overall, Piccadilly Gardens were looking atrocious even then. Now, I just feel grateful that she didn't see it today. I have lived in Cairo and it is cleaner, though less wealthy.
No more excuses. This zone is a blight and a shame. I visited Leeds for the first time last week, and while it has fewer grand buildings than Manchester in my opinion, it felt happier and was far cleaner. I wouldn't blame any visitor passing through Piccadilly for turning right 'round and getting the hell back out of town.
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