I've been to Birmingham for a couple of days last week and was quite impressed by the city. I've only heard very negative things about it, not less than "Birmingham sucks" "It's boring!" or more simply: "There's nothing in Birmingham!" So maybe I was impressed because I had very low expectations, but still, I do think it's a pretty city.
Birmingham has been through great changes in the last few years. And having such a young and diverse population must help the city being dynamic and full of creativity.
If you ever go to Birmingham, try to wander around and look at the nice buildings and definitely stop by the Waterstones bookstore on 128 New Street, whether it's for the books or the building itself.
Photos: Statue on Victoria Square, inside Waterstones, Facade of Waterstones on 123 New Street