Someone once said that Edinburgh has thrived despite, and not because of, its city councils and that's something I totally agree with. It's a great place but could be better. For a start the roads are in a terrible state due to years/decades of under investment and our pretty good bus service is now not as good as it was. The tram line (yes 1 line) has been a fiasco which few people want. Had it been a network maybe opinions would be different. Not exactly a solution to overcrowded roads and an outrageous amount of money spent on it – shocking! I would have loved to see an underground metro system. After all the Victorians had no trouble building tunnels in Edinburgh.
The streets could be cleaner but there has been an improvement and I'd like to see co-ordinated roadworks and proper repairs afterwards.
But credit where credit is due – a huge amount has been done to replace run down housing and improve deprived areas.
As much as I like the preservation of old buildings(most), I like new and modern too and particularly like the modern buildings in Tollcross. I'd actually like to see an extremely tall building or complex in the city, after all the city was building “skyscrapers” in mediaeval times.
In my travels around the city photographing for my Historic Houses and Suburbs features, I've found many things of interest, met many friendly people and haven't felt uncomfortable in any part of the city.
For supporting my website I'd like to thank the following libraries: Central, Currie, Balerno, Piershill, Kirkliston, Oxgangs, Wester Hailes, Balgreen, Fountainbridge, Gilmerton and Colinton.
I'd like to thank Currie, Liberton, Longstone/Slateford, Newtown/Broughton and Gorgie/Dalry community councils for replying to my email.
Also thanks to the Edinburgh Museum, Writer's Museum and People's Story for happily taking my leaflets.