Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Any Other Business

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Any Other Business

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Byline: By Peter Young

It seems Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott has a new town planning guru in the shape of John Norquist, the radical mayor of Milwaukee in the American midwest, who doesn't like cars, shopping malls and suburban sprawl.

According to the Guardian newspaper, Mayor Norquist has a worldwide reputation for turning around cities and three years ago decided to knocked down nearly a mile of motorway in the centre of Milwaukee to create a new boulevard with shops, apartments and businesses.

He rates Newcastle as a wonderful city. "It never tore itself apart," he says. "So many beautiful buildings and bridges."

Clearly he missed the likes of Eldon Square shopping centre, Swan House roundabout, Westgate House and the city's Central Motorway.

However, he did notice the MetroCentre in Gateshead, an American-style shopping mall, which he describes as a monumental blunder. "I've been there. It's a terrible suburban thing and it bleeds the rest of the city."

Many Tyneside shoppers, and indeed people from further afield, who flock to the MetroCentre would probably disagree.

However, Mr Prescott is said to greatly admire Mayor Norquist's radical thinking. Whether he is able to import his ideas to the UK is another matter.

It might be nice to turn Newcastle's Central Motorway into a tree-lined boulevard but there's the small matter of what to do with the traffic.

NEWCASTLE councillor Stephen Psallidas was among Greece supporters who celebrated their team's famous victory in the final of Euro 2004 with an impromptu party at Grey's Monument.

The flag waving fans didn't let a downpour dampen their enthusiasm and the party lasted all night.

"We were singing in the rain," said Coun Psallidas, who was born on Tyneside with an English mother and a Greek father.

He was cheering for England until they were knocked out of the tournament but was lucky enough to have a fallback team. …

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