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john davies
notes from a small vicar
from a parish
in Liverpool, UK

    Tuesday, August 16, 2005
    Sound of the Supercity

    I was unconvinced by Will Alsop's concept of the Supercity, a future vision in which Liverpool and Hull embrace, two parts of a whole urban ribbon, flesh on the M62. Liverpool-Manchester-Leeds, yes. That's virtually one conurbation, and arguably already close to being a regional supercity (with inherent tensions - eg, Manchester's naked and desperate attempts to establish itself as the regional centre, as mirrored in United's leeching of Alan Smith from Leeds and wrenching Rooney from us, which convince no-one).

    But Hull - that's seventy miles too far, and Alsop's ideas for technicolour tower blocks in the fields seems a long way from what anyone in South-East Yorkshire would find desirable, I bet.

    But at least his Urbis exhibition got us thinking about our region and what being a supercity might really mean. And it turns out that a whole bunch of artists on Fat Northerner Records have been inspired enough to put out a compilation called Supercities. They're all from round here, and make a good sound.