There is no place like home.
However, some people are not happy with where they live and like to make the rest of the country know about it.
Hull is no exception to being on the receiving end of brutal criticism. Whether it’s in books such as crap towns or by visitors who come here once in their lifetime and decide ‘that was enough for me’.
However, even those who live here have something harsh to say about the place and like to vent their disgust and frustration online at ilivehere.co.uk.
This site gives everybody an opportunity to tell us about where they live and good reviews are hard to come by - or just don’t exist at all.
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The site has put Hull at number five of England’s worst places to live in 2021.
Most who were born here, grew up here or have settled here may look at that as a ridiculous assessment of this fine East Yorkshire city and would argue that places lower in the rankings are more of a cesspit than Hull.
One person wrote that some people compare Hull as an equal to places like Portsmouth, Rotherham and Middlesbrough but says this statement is “way off the mark” and described Hull as “a manky little hovel”.
Middlesbrough and Rotherham were ranked 31st and 34th in the rankings, whereas Portsmouth didn’t even make the top 50.
Manky? A hovel?
Have these people never taken a walk to the Marina on a hot summer’s day or strolled through Old Town and Queen’s Gardens?
Hull Minster is picturesque, The Deep is worthy of a day out and even the street art around the city are stunning pieces of work – and so on and so on.
Most of Hull’s bad reputation comes from people who either came here once and didn’t stay long, or visited the city 20 years ago and have decided that that is their final opinion of the place.
“Empty shops with useless staff. Food takeaways serving cold food and none of the tech works to order and pay for your Big Mac.”
I’m sorry but if you’ve come to Hull to order a Bic Mac and a takeaway then you’ve not looked hard enough to see the fine food that is on offer here.
Just take a wonder into Old Town and step inside Trinity Market, or venture out to the Marina, Princes Avenue, or Newland Avenue, and you will see what fine food can be eaten here - when not in a pandemic, of course.
Have you tried the Hull pattie?
Also, if you come to Hull, one of England’s historical port cities, and order a Big Mac instead of fish and chips, arguably the best in the country, then why bother coming.
A lot of these reviews paint a damning picture of Hull because of its housing estates that surround the city centre.
One person wrote that Preston Road is apparently full of “gangs of chavbos that roam the streets everyday of the week like a circus”.
They also wrote: “I once ventured onto Bilton Grove with a friend on a weekday afternoon and was greeted by a gang of ratboys armed with eggs who threw them at the car while their parents watched.
“I once spoke to a guy who worked on a community project on Preston Rd and he said it was the worst place he had ever been in his life and he was brought up in Belfast near the Shankill Road!”
Preston Road, as far as I am aware, has never been the centre of sectarian violence where petrol bombs flying over your head became too familiar of an occurrence during the Troubles.
But the harsh criticism does not just come from those who have popped in for a quick visit.
Even some who have lived in Hull for many years have had the urge to leave.
“Hull is s**t,” wrote one resident. “As confirmed by the smell that lingers around the City Centre.
“I lived in Hull until I was ten but my parents decided to move when local gangs started to have pitched battles using such weapons as garden sheers on the playing field next to our house.
“I’m now living back in Hull and I have a child of my own. I’m now desperately saving money so I can afford to move out of Hull.
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“I would rather remove my own eyes with a rusty spoon than allow my child to enter the ‘Ull education system.”
Ouch. Does that really sound like a better option?
The education system is not perfect but there are plenty of children out there who are happy to go to school in Hull.
These reviews have to be taken with a pinch of salt as there will be other people across the UK saying the same things about where they live.
It is somewhat part of British humour to say ‘I live here and it’s s***’, but really it’s not.