Cork in Ireland, it's a classic second city. In terms of European accesibilty, we're an hour from London, 2ish from Berlin, Barcelona, Amsterdam etc
due to apple, amazon and siemans being based here we have a large multinational and multi cultural population.
whilst a city, we really are a very large town in mentality. You can walk from city limit to city in about 60 minutes at a stroll.
we have our own stouts, and while all the highstreetification is happening, we have plenty of independently owned businesses whose profits in turn stay in the city.
speaking of profits, while the economic collapse of Ireland has hit us as hard as elsewhere, it has been worse in other parts of the county.
we have an arts college, a university, several third level post education options and an institute of technology.
we also have two of our own stouts (none of that dublin guiness muck)
and we are going to win the all-ireland in hurling next Saturday.
as we say here, How bad!