Ruth Bloomfield in the Times gives the following grounds for optimism:

  • A report by Knight Frank states that it has more start-ups than any other regional city in Britain,
  • and attracts more foreign direct investment projects than any other English region.
  • It also has more Ofsted “outstanding” schools per pupil than any other regional city
  • and more restaurants with Michelin stars than anywhere outside London.
  • There is highly priced housing in Edgbaston and Harborne.
  • Investment opportunities: Ladywood constituency saw prices rise by 11% in 2014
  • And house prices across the Selly Oak constituency, rose by 8% cent last year, to an average of £180,000.
  • A ‘landmark’ library been built.
  • New Street railway station has been redeveloped.
  • There are 8,000 acres of open spaces,
  • The city was recently raked 53rd in the Mercer Quality of Living rankings, higher than Rome, Hong Kong and Philadelphia.
  • Birmingham is now attracting international companies, such as HSBC, American architecture giant Gensler and the law firm Hogan Lovells.

After outlining future large city centre construction projects she ends: “The cherry on the top of this rather considerable cake is HS2, which will, in 2026, cut travel times from Birmingham to London to 49 minutes”.

city canal, warehousesThe best part of the article: one shot of the fine industrial architecture at the side of one of the canals winding through the city centre and outer suburbs. Did Ms Bloomfield choose it?.

Can readers list significant points not mentioned which the new administration will have to address – such as air pollution?