We need an urban buzz

THANK you, Rick Banyard (‘‘Rail can bring renewal’’ Herald 28/6) for comparing the sad state of inner-city Newcastle with the interesting urban buzz that is spreading quickly in inner city suburbs, such as Islington, where small shops and cheap rents are available. It is also worth noting that the much-maligned heavy rail line delivers people from north and south to this location. Newcastle is a stunning setting, way too special to give away in exchange for a another standardised mall.

Christine Prietto, Stockton

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