I live near Harpurhey precinct and can understand why Harpurhey has received this label, but I must defend the quality of some of this area's population (only some, mind), as many of the comments I've seen are a generalised critisism of Harpurhey's people and not it's bricks and mortar (or lack of),lack of proper policing and policies, and lack of quality education and healthcare, which are the important factors in the decline of quality of life around here. It was for the most part a degenerating town, but hopefully the B#17 million funding will continue to improve the situation. I have already witnessed improved street lighting and speed bumps on the prime joy riding roads and am confident that effort is being put into making this area safer. I moved to this area ten years ago and it was a reasonable area then. It has since declined and I feel the main contibutary factors are lack of education and underage sex resulting in young pregnancies, increase in rented properties, all this and more coupled with unemployment. This area is highly dominated by young adults who have never been taught the meaning of respect, there is low employment and low morale, some of our neighbours resort to crime for money and the ones that do work hard, work very very hard and often long unreasonable hours, this in turn does not give them any joy in life and having so many bored and frustrated people togther in one spot ensures that this town remains on a rolling boil. However, the people are only as good as they are taught to be and I do not wish to appear hypocritical when challenging the description of this area's population, I am mearly stating that we cannot blame the people only, we must study what effect the environment contributes to the problem! This is also a nationwide problem due to a decline in society standards anyway and lack of a decent government that know's what it is doing! We bought our house here originally because it was affordable and was pleasant when we first visited, populated mainly by pensioners and middle class workers, we saw no reason not to move here back then. Since then I've realised that it would be difficult for us to move (even more so now with this label attached to the area) because we cannot sell our house for a decent sum. The majority of properties are being bought by landlords who don't care who lives on the property and so we have no choice over our neighbours and they do not respect 'a house' in the same way as we do 'our home', because we own our property and look after it. Could other people please realise that not all people who live in Blackley and it's surrounding areas are of bad ilk?. Some of us are fed up with the assuming nation that scoffs when we say where we live and wrinkle thier noses, I currently don't have a choice about where I live and who lives here with me, I just do my best and hope that my neighbours will improve thier behaviour, but I do not wish to be forced out of an area that was once nice by a minority of idiots that will eventually grow up and move themselves! I am well educated, hard working, and proud, and I do not appreciate being stereoptyped by the area in which I live.