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What a sh*thole
Leeds in General
Member Name: killip
Leeds in General
Date: 01/05/01, updated on 01/05/01 (75 review reads)
Advantages: Nightlife, shopping
Disadvantages: scruffy, snobbish
I know I am a Bradfordian and Bradfordians and Loiners don't really go together, but I really can not get over how much people like Leeds! Any loiners on here, or anyone who does like the city, I just want you to know thats fine by me, personal choice and all that, but my opinion needs to be expressed also. Admittedly, credit where credit's due, Leeds is extremely good for shopping. The centre is about five times as big as Bradford with about 2/3 of that being used for the main shopping area. That 2/3 is absolutely fine, there are specialist shops, "oddity" shops in the arcades, selective shops, bargain shops and your common-a-garden high-street shops. Apart from the arcades, the vast majority of the stores are contained within "Arndale" type shopping centres with only a few shops out on the street. The Merrion Centre is West Yorkshires first multi-storey car park (watch someone correct me on that one now...). All in all though, Leeds Centre accounts for very pleasant shoppping. The bit I don't like though, is the remaining 1/3 and the areas as you move out of the city centre. Walk towards where the Granary Wharf is. Over that way is loads of rough ground used as makeshift car parks, grotty railway tunnels and the "widely acclaimed" Granary Wharf. The rough ground and all that is just a waste of perfect;y good ground that could be used very well for more shopping places, which would be a welcome addition. The shops round that area are grotty and unwelcoming, and I wouldn't go in for fear of catching something. I The railway tunnel(s) - I cant remember whether theres one or two, are the worst place in the world for getting mugged in my humble opinion. They are not just tunnels, they have little doors in the side contained within little alcoves, which rapists, murderers or muggers could contain themselves within. The biggest atrocity of them all, however, is the Granary Wharf. never before in my life have I seen such a wel
l-spoken-of shite hole. The brochure shows it as a sunny, bright plaza bustling with people and shops. In reality, this is what it is:
You walk into the railway tunnel, which I don't like anyway and take a stab at which off-shoot tunnel will lead you to the GW. You then try various tunnels until you reach the darkest ,pokiest (and the one that looks most dangerous) of them, and continue through darkness for the best part of a quarter mile. You then get there. You see a few doors and go through them. You see empty units and one unit selling incense. OK so theres a bit more than that, including some very nice chess sets (at about one and a half ton each!!!!!) and computer shops and that, but you think never mind as you see a sign for the "Waterfront" and think you might like it there. You follow these signs and end up at a small glass window overlooking the river going under a bridge with graffiti on the wall. How nice.
This is now going to sound really awful, but the worst thing about Leeds has got to be,
The loiners. Told you it would sound really horrible, but let me explain. Not ALL loiners are like this, I know quite a few and are friendly with a few, but most loiners seem to think that they are a cut above everyone else. They have a "snobbish" air about them like they are in some way better than us Bradfordians. I don't think I am better than a loiner, I don't think taht way. Maybe its just how they are and they can't help it.
I know I've babbled on for a bit and I'm going to stop in one moment, but there is one more thing I would like to say about Leeds and peoples attitudes towards it. People seem to think that Leeds is a "better town" than Bradford. Opinions are fine, I have nothing against those people but let me just give you an example. The worst part of Bradford is arguably Ravenscliffe and the worst part of Leeds is proba
bly Chapeltown (no offense to anyone living in these areas). I know which I would rather live in, and that happens to be in Bradford.
Thanks for listening to my babblings on. Its OK to say you hate a place, as long as you give reasons for it. Thats why I have thought about it and I do hate Leeds. I thought about it before I wrote it down instead of just saying I hate the place. At least I give reasons.