After a precipitous decline for decades, writer Stephen Bayley says that Liverpool has a new vitality.
Bayley writes, "Becoming Europe's City of Culture in 2008 provided a compelling deadline while an ambitious agency called Liverpool Vision has co-ordinated investment initiatives. The Duke of Westminster's property company has created Liverpool One, the biggest development of its type in Europe. Here and elsewhere, serious architects - WilkinsonEyre, Piers Gough, John McAslan and AHMM - have made striking, new landmarks. There's an energy and optimism in Liverpool not seen since the Luftwaffe visited."