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14 hours ago, voldemort said:

and in the daylight it feels safe, despite the rumours of gun crime.

Are you originally from Brum or just moved there for work.

 

Not really sure the jewelry quarter is that nice, due to it backing on the Hockley.

 

Regarding Digbeth, from the sentence highlighted above, it sounds like you are trying to convince yourself it is safe (feels safe, isn't the same as safe).  On the other hand, if by unsafe you mean being shot to death, that is pretty unlikely.  But the chances of being mugged at knife point are probably higher than Birmingham police and politicians would like to admit.

 

If you want a youngish atmosphere and don't need to live in the City centre why not somewhere like Moseley or Harbourne?

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30 minutes ago, reddog said:

Are you originally from Brum or just moved there for work.

 

Not really sure the jewelry quarter is that nice, due to it backing on the Hockley.

 

Regarding Digbeth, from the sentence highlighted above, it sounds like you are trying to convince yourself it is safe (feels safe, isn't the same as safe).  On the other hand, if by unsafe you mean being shot to death, that is pretty unlikely.  But the chances of being mugged at knife point are probably higher than Birmingham police and politicians would like to admit.

 

If you want a youngish atmosphere and don't need to live in the City centre why not somewhere like Moseley or Harbourne?

 

I agree. The Jewellery Quarter is a nice place to socialise in or wander around in the daytime, but it's a bit desolate out of office hours. If you can live on St Paul's Square, then great, but otherwise pubs and restaurants are not clustered enough to give it a nice vibe at night.

I have the same reservations for Digbeth, only more so. I like the Custard Factory and The Old Crown, but there's nothing much in between it and the city centre -- lots of dodgy dark streets.

If you can afford it, then living in a flat in the centre such as around Brindley Place or the Mailbox would be nice, otherwise Moseley or Harborne are probably the equivalent of Islington and Clapham in London (but in a different league, obviously).

 

 

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5 hours ago, reddog said:

Are you originally from Brum or just moved there for work.

I am from the Midlands but I have never lived in Brum before. I am moving for work, which is near Birmingham Airport - and I would like a commute of under half an hour.

Thanks for your views about the Jewelry Quarter/Digbeth. Moseley or Harboune would be an option but a public transport commute to BHX would take closer to a whole hour than a half, and driving looks even more bonkers. It looks like I could probably afford the lower end around the centre / Brindley Place / Mailbox, though.

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