So, Hull â City of Culture 2017 - Cinderella shall go to the ball. Hull, forever propping up the league tables of social and economic failures (the latest for âinner city urban vibrancyâ - see Ian Martinâs coruscating take on this here). Hull, an archetypal âcrap townâ to be sneered at by the Policy Exchange, Kelvin McKenzie and Phil and Kirsty. Even the winning City of Culture bid talks of Hull âcoming out of the shadowsâ and yes there are big problems like not enough jobs, high levels of poverty and low skills. But these are less the fault of Hull than of the malevolence and insane inefficiencies of the neo-liberal market God. Hull is a super place, one of the most distinctive and unusual towns in England, whose assets are being absurdly wasted... http://www.jonestheplanner.co.uk/2014/02/hull-city-of-culture.html Quite a long read, but it's worth a look.