London, Belfast finalists for new 'Crap Towns' edition

July 11, 2013 at 3:41 PM
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LONDON, July 11 (UPI) -- The editors of "Crap Towns" said the English cities of London and Blackpool as well as Belfast, Northern Ireland, are contenders for the second edition.

The editors of popular 2003 book "Crap Towns: The 50 Worst Places to Live in the U.K." said submissions to website have been reduced to a list of 100 that visitors to the site are being asked to help pare down to 50 entries for this winter's "Crap Towns Returns: Back by Unpopular Demand," The Guardian reported Thursday.

The towns making the list, which was formed from submissions from website visitors, include London and the English cities of Liverpool, Blackpool, Chipping Norton, Burnham Market and Oxford. The Northern Ireland capital, Belfast, also made the list, along with Welsh town Merthyr Tydfil.

Sam Jordison, one of the book's editors, said not all of the submissions are based on economics.

"Crap comes in many forms. Very often the kind of towns that estate agents would describe as desirable are the most stultifying, the most ugly and the most unpleasant to live in," he said. "They also tend to be full of the most ridiculous people. Our correspondents don't like Mayfair any more than they like deprivation and squalor. In fact, they often finger the affluent places as the cause of all the trouble in the first place. Or at least, for failing to do anything about it. And for having terrible, terrible, pubs."

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