In 2009 Dresden was removed from the World Heritage List due to building of the bridge Waldschlößchenbrücke - a need for the city, but seen as a compromising the cultural landscape of the Dresden Elbe Valley. Now Liverpool is in a similar situation wanting to redevelop its waterfront.With the newly elected Mayor Joe Anderson arguing World Heritage is not much more than “a certificate on the wall in the town hall”, it will be interesting to see whether Liverpool’s World Heritage history comes to an abrupt end in the near future.
How it might look…
Yesterday the British new paper The Guardianhad an interesting story on the case – the comments below the article gives an interesting peak into the tensions Liverpool is facing at the moment:
“What do you think Liverpudlians care more about; having jobs created or keeping a bureaucrat happy that a dilapidated site remains unchanged. Stuff Unesco. Time for the city to stand up for itself” one of the comments reads.
Another one reads: ”It would have been good if you had spoken up about this pie in the sky project before the election, now we are lumbered with concrete joe, who is handing all the green spaces in the city to his fat cat developmer mates. Springfield park, everton park, walton hall park, stanley park. 60% voted for this madness which will benefit them not one jot while anderson lines his pockets, laughs in our face and goes on wrecking our city“.
As long as Liverpool remains a World Heritage Site, neither the citizens nor ‘concrete Joe’ will not be left alone. Will Liverpool choose to or in any case be taken off the list?
Recommended read: Liverpool Waters – review article by R. Moore.
Read more about hunting for Liverpools World Heritage.