Here's another view from around 1910 when High Street was a bustling shopping street. In the middle of the road, a horse and cart replaces the modern tin box in the 2004 photo, and on the near left before the tiny entrance to Pepper Lane is a kind of shop no longer seen; Atkins and Turton - Tea Merchant.
On the right is 'Smyth Ralph & Co. Tailors &c' and I assume that the ladies outside that shop are wearing the fashionable attire of the day.
There is no atmosphere in High Street nowadays, and the buildings which are mostly building societies and banks have none of the character of pre-war Coventry. High Street is probably the oldest road through Coventry; once part of the main thoroughfare from east to west. Now it's just an entrance to Broadgate for buses and taxis.
However, if you turn into Peper Lane on the left here, you'll be greeted by a lovely view of the Spire...