I’m surprised that Harehills, in north-east Leeds, has barely been mentioned anywhere on this site. It has got to be one of the worst places to live in Britain. It’s unbelievable to think now, that this was once an affluent area. People aspired to living here and it adjoined what was then referred to as ‘New Leeds’.
Today, a walk around this fallen idyll reveals takeaways, bookmakers and horrible corner shops. Some are so dirty that it would be a good idea to have a tetanus jab BEFORE you went in. And as for those that frequent them: well…
Welcome to the underclass. Those who barely survive on benefits but would rather do this than work. These people will have a sausage and some canned spaghetti, or a bowl of cereal for an evening meal. However, there is always enough money for booze, drugs and cigarettes. They walk around the streets in a haze under their effect even at noon.
Of course, if there isn’t enough money, these hapless folk can – and do – always resort to begging. Not giving is met with their sneering and envious disapproval, just as much as giving is. And. if you happen to be walking through this place and are well-dressed, you will be. targeted in this way.
If you happen to live here – well, beware of the witches and devils who live next door !