One of those most meaningful periods of that life was from 1963 to 1983, twenty years spent in Sheffield, know to his parents as "that funny northern town".
Perhaps the property that was demolished to build it was no great loss ...
You could even buy a postcard!
Fortunately the idea of a city centre monorail was as potty as it sounded and was smacked into the long grass by the Men from the Ministry.
The grand plan was eventually abandoned and replaced with various new plans, but one feature was retained. There would be a brand new Technical College built next to the Pond Street Bus Station.
And as for Castle Square, the "Hole in the Road" - it was all filled in to make way for the Supertram.
Walsh's became Rackhams, then House of Fraser and closed in 1998. The store was occupied by T J Hughes for a while but then they disappeared. The ground floor includes a Poundland shop but the upper floors are unoccupied.
C & A ceased trading in year 2000 and the store was then occupied by Primark ...
Whilst even the aged fbb realises that things have to change and plans don't always work out as originally intended ... it seems sad that so little of the optimistic 1945 development ever happened.
But you do wonder how Sheffield might have developed; if the money for Meadowhall had been invested in the city centre; if the old trams had hung on for a few more years after 1960 and if the 1945 plan had been more rigorously applied in the years since it and fbb were conceived!
Would passenger numbers on the transport system now be declining in the city?
Pure and pointless speculation.
And thanks to all those who have supplied stuff from their memories and their personal collections. fbb has very happy memories of the city and will be visiting again in April. He wonders whether bus publicity will have improved?