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Old City - Needs Money - Picturesque
Member Name: Alindrail
Date: 03/01/01, updated on 03/01/01 (31 review reads)
Advantages: Compact, good pubs, OK shopping, nice people
Disadvantages: Run down, need of funding and investment
... is how a property ad for Liverpool would be likely to read. My family is originally from Liverpool, so a return there was a welcome thing, but a shock after having lived and visited the South of the UK and London for the past 4 years. The first thing that smacks you is how litle investment there has been in a city that deserves it more than most. In the second world war Liverpool was bombed, and then stripped, and since then has suffered a steady economic decline which has only recently begun to dissipate.
I was aware of this before I went, and still it shocked me. Beautiful buildings left derelict or gutted by fire. Smashed windows everywhere, even close to the heart of the city. The in contrast, beautifully done, renovated buildings, and areas such as the docks, where investment has obviously been forthcoming.
The shopping was diverse, sutiable for a city of Liverpool's size, but small compared to London (yes - I know - DUH, but it really makes you appreciate London's vastness in comparison). The transport network into the city is good, with trains right into the heart of the city at Lime Street and Central Station (they even have an underground!). The pubs are fantastic, and I was blown away by the Philharmonic.
My main regret was not being able to stay longer, and I intend to. Many of my friends in the South mock the North, I always knew it was undeserved, and after a trip there I am relieved to have been confirmed in my belief. In London if someone in a shop tried to talk to me, I would try to escape, the word 'nutter' in my mind. In Liverpool people are always ready with a comment or observation, and it really is pleasant.
Would I move there? Well... Not after having been stuck for six hours in Liverpool Airport due to Easyjet... But seriously, I would actually consider it now.
I was also pleased to see not a smattering of Beatles memorobilia, only LFC supporting graffitti <grin>!