Whilst I'm all for having events, festivals and temporary features in civic spaces, I do think they need to have a bit of class. I went to take a few images of the Council House in Birmingham yesterday, and found myself confronted with a ramshackle bunch of stalls that would have disgraced a third world back street! It was a set of food stalls. I have to admit I have no idea who organised it, or why, but what was the point? There are dozens of cafes and take away outlets in central Birmingham anyway.
What would a tourist think of the way the city treats its most prominent buildings? It's just wrong!