I am prepared to apply this word 'vibrant' to a few places where one can feel the economic energy bubbling up but not to the following:pulsating with vigor and energy: the vibrant life of a large city.
vigorous; energetic; vital: a vibrant personality.
- a bus garage outside a station
- a gum-speckled area of block paving between shops which are half-closed because nobody wants to walk half a mile from the car park or pay £3 for the privilege of looking at a pile of plastic baskets.
- a big supermarket, not even one the size of a dozen football pitches.
If you are trying to catch a train or pick up your dry cleaning or find packet of biscuits, what you want is to move smoothly from where you are to a position where you have what you are seeking. Being waylaid by a samba band plays no desirable part in that.
Nor do I think that hanging baskets and incongruous mounds of 'planters' make Babylon in to hanging gardens. Out of all the delusions modern planners are prone to, it is that sticking a basket of begonias in a tub will improve matters. They are the scatter cushions of the urban environment; leave that to the interior designers who understand how to dress a space for effect.
I don't want vibrant. I will settle for clean, adequately signposted, and without ankle-breaking smashed paving stones. Thank you.