A town in Essex has been described as ‘spectacularly ugly’ and the ‘worst place to live in the county’ in a scathing review.
The review, called ‘Harlow – Abandon Hope All Ye Who Enter’ which was published on satirical site iLiveHere, also described it as a ‘desert in an Oasis’.
It highlighted the sea of concrete buildings that make up the town draining away and the lack of shops and pubs.
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The area has gained a somewhat unfavourable reputation over the years, with outsiders and locals alike pointing to crime figures and areas of deprivation as a reason it isn’t a nice place to live.
The review paints a picture of empty shops and an influx of homeless people flooding into the area in recent years.
But is it really that bad?
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The town offers some of the best transport links to London in Essex as well as affordable properties for people to settle into with their families.
The concrete jungle that the author alludes to might also be considered an exaggeration. A lot of towns across the length and breadth of England, especially ‘New Towns’ built since the Second World War, mirror Harlow’s brutalist and industrial aesthetic.
It’s also home to Public Health England’s new science hub and is known as an industrious and innovative place.
So maybe don’t believe every review you read.
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