Liverpool Loses Its UNESCO World Heritage Status

A committee voted to strip the city in northwest England of its status because of concerns about redevelopment, most notably on its waterfront.


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Liverpool was removed on Wednesday from the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites after being granted the title 17 years ago, because of concerns about developments in the city, most significantly on its famous waterfront.

The decision was made in China after a secret ballot by the UNESCO committee, which voted in favor of a recommendation made in June to strip Liverpool of its heritage status.

A report published in June by the committee expressed “deep regret” and said that developments in the city and on its waterfront had “resulted in serious deterioration and irreversible loss of attributes,” as well as a “significant loss to its authenticity and integrity.”

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