I always thought the English accent was pretty recognisable, but apparently not. I've got a bit of a Brummie twang and while Charlotte H doesn't really have a regional accent she sounds distinctly English. So far on our travels people have guessed that we're from Cleveland, Canada, Australia, Scotland and Ireland. Maybe they don't get many English visitors in America.
We're in the second week of our trip and have now reached Boston, Massachusetts. As we both worked at Marketing Birmingham we're finding ourselves comparing everywhere to home and one thing that is really standing out is how well they design their public spaces over here. Wherever there are skyscrapers you don't have to look far to find green open space. They use water to create natural places to stop and sit, and they're usually interactive, with censor activated upward jets or art installations that accompany them. The floral displays are immaculate and everywhere is so clean because Americans take such pride in their cities.
There is one park in particular in Boston which got us thinking about Eastside. It runs down the centre of a busy A road with several lanes of traffic on either side, but you don't notice the cars or the noise because it's such a beautiful place to sit and watch the world go by. We should take examples from other cities to make the new city park at Eastside the best it can be and if we recreate the kind of environment that we've experienced in Boston and Chicago it will transform that side of Birminigham and be a major asset to the city.