Cardiff City Centre photos
A stroll around Cardiff on a chilly December afternoon
(Photos © urban75, 27th December 2008)
Cardiff is a city undergoing rapid change and modernisation, and although it's great to see so much investment going into my home town, an awful lot of character and history seems to be getting swept under the carpet too.
Here's some photos from a Christmas wander around the city on a glorious December afternoon.
Churchill Way is almost unrecognisable from how I remember it as a child, with tall, shiny buildings sprouting up all along the eastern side of street.
Graffiti on Churchill Way.
Masonic Temple, Guildford Street, Cardiff.
I thought the original St. David's Centre was bad enough, but work is well underway on developing an uglier sister, imaginatively entitled the St. David's Centre 2.
Together, these two faceless slabs of US-style uber-consumerism will engulf 427,000 sq ft of retail floor area, making it one of the busiest shopping centres in the European Union, exceeding Birmingham's Bull Ring.
Cardiff International Arena, Cardiff's largest indoor concert, sporting, banqueting and convention facility.
Unusual but rather pleasing development on Bute Terrace which retains the original facade.
The fabulous original tiling on the Golden Cross on Hayes Bridge Rd, Cardiff.
A grade 2 listed building, it was built in 1849 as the Shield and Newcastle Tavern and was renamed as the Golden Cross in 1863. It's now a popular and friendly gay bar.
Inside the large bar is split into two sections, one with an attractive curved tiled bar front.
New John Lewis building.
Christmas decorations in the Royal Arcade.
More decorations on St Mary Street.
Morgan Arcade view.
Bookstore, Morgan Arcade.
The pinnacled Somerset Tower of St John's Church, built in 1473.
Womanby Street, with the superb Clwb Ifor Bach to the right and Cardiff Castle tower in the background.
Street performer pulls a crowd outside the High Street Arcade.
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