- Thu Apr 22, 2021 11:10 am
I lived in London a few years ago, and what struck me about it was the disparity between the money and the image. It cost so much to live there, yet where was the money all going?
My agency had an office on the Strand. It was tiny, poky, blistering hot/freezing cold depending on time of year, and the noise was terrible. My job was with one of the councils as a librarian, and several of the library buildings were in serious states of disrepair. I'd just come from another librarian job in the Welsh valleys, and council buildings there were in better nick.
Aside from the big shopping centres, there was just an air of seediness and cheapness about local high streets and shopping parades. The same hen cabins and "Stath Lets Flats" employment/housing agencies full of wannabe Apprentice contestants in shiny suits. The bars were overpriced and bland. The traffic was awful. Aside from "seeing a show", or having a wider than normal range of restaurants, what was the actual advantage of living there?
And yes, you know the answer - all the money goes into keeping the property market inflated.
I now live in Liverpool, and spend (or spent, pre-Covid) a lot of time on work related things in Manchester and Newcastle. What I see there is, areas of urban blight aside, the same technical innovations you get in London, the same quality of life, the same shows and range of eateries, all for half the price.
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