BrindleyPlace vs. The Custard Factory. No, not a new PopCap game, apparently — but rather a description of what is said to be the current face-off among the public-sector fixers in Brum, as the pot of cash to do Big Things in the city centre shrinks. The new Big Cat Group blog summarises a split in the vision of a future central Birmingham thus…

“There is a relentless tug-off-war between separate sectors on how the future of the city should look and feel. One side would prefer to capitalise on Birmingham’s burgeoning creative industry and Digbeth based online innovation, whilst the other side would rather a more urbane, modern chic. See it as BrindleyPlace versus The Custard Factory.”

Big Cat is of the opinion that we allegedly can’t have both, presumably (although he doesn’t say it) due to practical funding/staffing considerations.