Third day in England here. So far I’ve seen: Derby, Nottingham, Sheffield(just a little) and Manchester. Also, some the intercity trains, and various local transit.
The good news: Making a beautiful, functional, pleasurable city doesn’t seem all that hard. They’re doing everything planning theory says to do, and it seems like it works beautifully.
The bad news: Cincinnati doesn’t seem capable of doing nearly everything right. Rather, it insists on doing most of it wrong. Has done for a while now.
Evidence: There is much more going on in downtown Derby (pop=~300,000) than there is in Cincinnati (pop=~2,200,000). For real.
The upshot: I’ve decided to get the hell out after I graduate this time. This has been a dry tickle on the back of my throat for a while now, but I stopped short when I got to Manchester and it rolled to the tip of my tongue.
Two weeks left in the trip! Let’s see how this little nugget tastes by the end of the month.