What do you think Sheffield? Is Jeremy Clarkson right?

Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson
Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson
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Jeremy Clarkson is never one to shy away from starting a debate with an outspoken opinion or two - and now he’s started one about our neighbours up the M1; Leeds.

But we want to know do you agree with the Top Gear host? And how do you think Sheffield matches up with Leeds?

Clarkson sparked something of a frenzy on Twitter when he made a surprising comment on Leeds’s skyline.

He was on a train journey north on Monday evening when he tweeted: “What’s happened to Leeds? It looks like New York.”

The Doncaster-born TV presenter’s apparently tongue-in-cheek post was retweeted more than 1,200 times by other users of the social media site.

Leeds City Council’s leader, Coun Keith Wakefield, said: “Over the past few years we have seen major projects such as the First Direct Arena and Trinity Leeds open their doors, with other exciting developments such as Victoria Gate and plans for a major refurbishment of Leeds Kirkgate Market also on the horizon.”

Dr Kevin Grady, director of the Leeds Civic Trust heritage watchdog, said: “Overall, the impact of the tall buildings on Leeds has been to give it a scale which creates some of the big city feel that it needs.

“Because of the tall buildings, the distance view of the city coming in from the south along the motorway is impressive and makes you feel that you are entering a city of consequence.

Dr Grady said that, as recently as the early 1990s, the council was trying to reduce the number of high-rise buildings in the city centre.

That policy, he said, was “thrown out of the window” after the start of the city’s long building boom in the mid-1990s.

Initial developments of 10 to 15 storeys began to spring up, many of them along the waterfront.

Bridgewater Place claimed the title of Yorkshire’s tallest building when work on it was completed in 2007.

* Ok, so Leeds may have one or two tall buildings but we want you to tell us why you think Sheffield’s best. Or, if you want to be controversial, what Sheffield can do to improve itself so it gets a tweet from Jeremy Clarkson the next time he’s passing.