[Hull's own colour of telephone box]
I wouldn't exactly call myself a trend-spotter, but it wasn't difficult to see the main trend in Hull.
Hull has one of the best old towns in the country, full of wonderful C18, C19 and C20 architecture. It's generally in pretty good condition, too, and hasn't be altered or 'improved'. But the city centre keeps moving further away from the docks and harbour (by my reckoning, Hull is on its fifth centre in around 125 years) and the old centres are becoming more and more like mini ghost towns. There are so many 'For Sale' and 'To Let' signs that you begin to accept them as part of the exteriors and facades. But when you stop to look properly, you realise there are many amazing buildings just sitting there, empty and unwanted, because they are in the wrong part of town. In another time or city, they could perhaps be occupied, treasured, and cared for. But here in Hull, the trend is for shine, glass, and metal, money is in short supply, and the qualities of lovely old brick and stone and terracotta and elegance and proportion and style are mostly ignored by the local businesses and population.
It's a trend I'd rather not spot.