I am a Brummie living and working in Manchester, it has a nice buzz about it always busy..bars restaurants etc, seems that when I get to Brum, the city is just ripped up with holes and extensive tram works, they are having a serious effect on the vibrancy of the city, I remember getting to Brum and the vibe was fantastic. People everywhere but the quicker the tram situation gets sorted then we will see the rest follow. Edinburgh suffered the same plight and now look at it especially the airport. Connectivity is a massive starting point with any centre. The mancs sorted this issue out ages ago, as per us Brummies slowly lag behind and have to play catch up. It will happen, form is temporary class is for ever.