By all means have the centre of York or Durham as a World Heritage Site - but even in those cases it's led to unnecessary pressure on housing and space and a rise in living costs in those cities
And obviously we should be preserving the likes of Stonehenge or the Pyramids
But the Pier Head at Liverpool? It's always grown, it's always changed, and saying "it's perfect right now and no further development can take place" was a huge mistake in 2004 - good riddance to UNESCO in this case
@ak really interesting to hear about these sorts of things thank for posting about it. It's important to be mindful of what's being redeveloped and why but making places like this world heritage sites feels like it's ignorant of the underlying issues and just sticking a plaster over a wound for the sake of trying to ignore it rather than trying to heal it. We need stronger and significantly more trustworthy LAs and councils, not world heritage list project creep
@nuala One of the issues with World Heritage status is that it elevates one aspect of the heritage of a place above all others
For instance Liverpool has made important contributions to things like British Chinese heritage, left wing and radical political heritage, musical heritage from Merseybeat through to electronic dance music and clubbing
These are things that come out of a changing and evolving city - not a UNESCO museum with a "lol no" approach to new development and regeneration
More queer, more garden.