Liverpool having its World Heritage status removed is the right decision

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Major cities shouldn't be World Heritage Sites - they are living entities, always growing and changing to meet the needs of the people living in them, not museums or heritage theme parks

With one notable exception (the ugly black boxes at Mann Island) the new developments have been beneficial - a beautiful museum, regeneration of derelict docks - and now more of this can take place

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

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If we preserve cities in aspic to maintain some spurious definition of "heritage", we remove the chance for new heritage and new culture to be created in those cities

@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

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