Do you think Manchester is starting to become a global city like London?Watch
Eh, not really. I live in the center of Manchester and whilst it's definitely expanding etc., it's still very much got that smaller city feel to it. It's not the capital, it's not the financial hub, and it's in the dreary North West. It's never going to be mentioned in the same breath as London, Paris, Tokyo, etc.
Oh I love the city, I do, but I love it because it's not like London etc. At the end of the day not many people would be able to name the second-biggest city in some other countries, I mean does France really have a 'global city' other than Paris? Does Japan? Manchester isn't even the second biggest city in England, Birmingham is substantially bigger.
It is, but as people say, that's primarily because of the football (and Birmingham being fairly horrible, in my opinion, but heyho) but that's not enough to make it a global city. London, Tokyo etc. are centers of fashion, banking, culture, etc. etc. stuff that Manchester as a quite small city is naturally going to be disadvantaged in.
London is the only "global" city Britain has.
I much prefer Edinburgh, though.