Originally Posted by Keith P.
I can almost smell the coal smoke and raw sewage...
It's interesting how a lot of that has changed. In the past waterfronts were not very desirable because of industry and sewage, but now in some cases they are prime residential land.
Some people's negative present-day perceptions of cities don't make a ton of sense today, but their provenance makes sense when you consider the way cities were in the past. These prejudices have been handed down from Victorian times.