As we walk back through to the precinct again, this view can be gained by taking the ramp opposite Lady Godiva's bronze statue up to the under utilised second level of the precinct. A pleasant paving arrangement was laid in the 1990s, and further ahead the glass canopy of the nicely refurbished Lower Precinct can be spotted.
However, the 1970s scene, although mainly similar, benefits from not having a glass escalator dumped in the middle, and also had a cleaner skyline before the Mercia House tower block was built at the foot of the Lower Precinct. After Coventry's chief architect, Donald Gibson, (who was responsible for redesigning the town centre after the war) had departed, his successor, Arthur Ling, decided that the precinct required something tall to finish it off. So it's his fault!
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