Hi Gang, I'm the OP. Have skimmed all you lot's 17 pages of responses, and thanks for these.
Of course, this thread has kicked off a few regulars, no harm done there..
Meanwhile I just thought I'd say the last two posts were amongst the best. We do need creative solutions. T' Council have no money and no power, no use asking them for help.
We do need to be something that keeps Sheffield City on top of the National News Agenda over and endlessly, as does Detroit in the US, and I am suggesting we become The National Centre for street entertainment, street art, City-Centre gardening, one-person-shop businesses, pop-up businesses, theatre company and bands 'open viewing' shop-window rehearsals, John Lewis Wedding and MP's expenses lists , Harvey Nichols seconds/swap shop, Art In The Parks, Not-Banksy Graffiti, OXFAM couture, sub- Christies art auctions, meditation spaces (that garden near City Hall in good) and that's all I can think of at the mo but there will be hundreds of other suggestions no doubt, if you get my drift.
In short - the City Centre should be a 'destination' place to visit for its fun, entertainment and challenge - besides affordable shopping for the basics and of course M&S jeans etc. Even without the boring upmarket chain shops.
And while I'm on, I do hope all you Sheff Hallam residents are going to vote Labour, so we can all have a laugh watching Nick Clegg go down the plughole and of course, Green in Central, where Gillian Creasey could become the second Green MP.
Obviously many of you won't agree, but both these choices would big up Sheff on the political map...