Marco Silva is the only silver lining for Hull in a troubled time
For a start, the city still maintains the traditional phone boxes most of the rest of the country abandoned years ago – and in cream too, rather than red.
It also has a street named 'The Land of Green Ginger', calls its main station 'Paragon' and its locals talk of 'tenfoots', the access roads behind houses.
Stuck out on a limb at the end of the M62, Hull has received years of negative publicity about supposedly being one of the worst places to live in Britain.
In recent times, though, it has enjoyed a major boom and is celebrating its status as the UK City of Culture for 2017.
It is estimated the local tourism economy could be worth £1bn by 2018.
Hull fans wants the Allams out of the club
Investment and visitor numbers are up, unemployment is down.
In many ways, Hull City's journey from the fourth division to the promised land has come to symbolise that upward mobility.
The Tigers reached the top flight for the first time in their history in 2008 and have since achieved two more promotions to the Premier League.
Yet for all their undeniable progress and recent Wembley trips, Hull are a club with serious problems right now.
Just over 1,000 days have passed since they were put up for sale and a change of ownership seems as far away as ever.
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David De Gea – 5.9
The Allam family, who rescued Hull from the brink of financial ruin in December 2010, took the decision to sell up in 2014 following their failure to re-brand the club as 'Hull Tigers'.
Promotion back to the top flight last May prompted a flurry of interest from would-be purchasers and a £100m deal with a Chinese consortium was mooted.
It subsequently collapsed and, although several other parties have since shown interest, the Allams remain in power, much to the disgust of many supporters.
Steve Bruce walked out in frustration last summer, Mike Phelan was thrown out earlier this month, and Marco Silva recently took his place.
Hull are second-bottom in the Premier League, Robert Snodgrass is going to West Ham – he will have talks with them today – and Jake Livermore has gone to West Brom.
Discontent among supporters continues to fester.
Hull paid tribute to Ryan Mason during the EFL Cup tie with Man United
Only 1,000 supporters travelled to Old Trafford for the first leg a fortnight ago and, as has become the norm at the KCOM Stadium, the attendance was below capacity last night.
Anger towards the Allams has given way to general apathy and disinterest.
The only real noise emanated from the raucous away end, while Hull fans half-heartedly aired a routine anti-Allam chant.
Apart from the cheer which followed Tom Huddlestone's 35th-minute penalty opener, that really was it from Hull's supporters.
Silva cuts an impressive figure but losing Livermore and Snodgrass to rivals and Ryan Mason, another hugely influential player, to a serious head injury, have made an already mountainous task even harder for the Portuguese.
Players are at least arriving to bolster a squad in desperate need of reinforcements, but will it be enough? You would have your doubts.
Either way, a desire for change at the top continues to stir in the East Yorkshire air.