« on: February 22, 2013, 11:08:01 pm »
A good friend of mine went to Manchester in the early 90s and stayed for 10+ years. In fact, I think he would of stayed there but personal and economic circumstances forced him to move.
I don't know what it's like there now, but he assured me that while there were certainly problems, a lot of the tabloid headlines were overstated (aren't they always?). It's a major city, so you get all the pros and cons of that. (And there are significantly worse cities you could live in eg: Detroit)
Anyway, he was a skinny, long haired, alternative looking, architecture student type and he survived there without any problems. That's not to say people didn't drive past in cars and yell "ORANGE TWAT" at him because of a coat that he used to wear but, I don't think he was ever in any real physical danger that I know of.
One of his big regrets in leaving Manchester was missing out on the Indian food.