OCT wrote:Toby wrote:I like Manchester mostly because I have friends there, but it is not a beautiful city by any stretch of the imagination.
It's not especially friendly either.
The architecture is stunning in many parts. Yeah there are bits that still look like a dump, mostly now on the outskirts, but buildings like the City Library, Chetham's School of Music, the John Rylands Library, The Cathedral, the Palace Hotel, what used to be the Free Trade Hall, the Royal Exchange and many more, are all lovely. And the Town Hall is a marvel, one of the finest Neo-Gothic buildings in the country.
It doesn't have the architectural cohesion of York or Edinburgh though, like London's it's now a hotch-potch of styles.
I wouldn't say it's the friendliest place I've lived. I mean, I'm from Tyneside. But I wouldn't call it unfriendly. I've lived here more than five years and never really seen much bother in pubs or out and about. People are generally pretty affable and helpful on the trams, trains and buses. And you don't get as much of the professional Manc wanker as you might think.