Hillsborough wasn't caused by standing areas but by incompetent policing.
I've watched Everton since John Carey was IC and although not a real scouser (parents are) I've loved the club and fans like part of my extended family.
The working class itself was a bi-product of the industrial revolution..in the post-industrial era it is disappearing, as is reflected in the struggles of the Labour Party at the moment.
As for our fans being different from other clubs I have to say that this view is almost certainly caused by rose tinted spectacles.
During the 3-3 derby game a few seasons back, I was jumping around and hugging people I have never spoken to, and pretty much everyone in the ground was doing the same thing.
I don't think you see this emotion in many stadiums in world football.
Don't forget we were a big money club in the 1960s and the supporters were in essence no different to what they are now, they'll still call it as they see it and demand the best from the team. My own feeling is that the EPL signalled the end of "people's" clubs from an ownership/financial view but in the end it will be the fans like you who will maintain the people's atmosphere.
I'd personally like to see lower cost standing areas back at grounds, these were the real atmosphere generators.That spirit will be on show no matter where the team plays, you only have to look at the away following to see and feel it.I will miss Goodison Park and it's a real shame that she couldn't have been updated for the 21st Century, some will argue that it is possible but unfortunately those with the wallets don't believe it to be so.The atmosphere at the new stadium needs to be good - but to be honest its not great at Goodison at the moment.I agree we need standing areas in order to generate the good atmosphere and hope it will be re-permitted at some point.So I ask myself, would I prefer to keep the special feeling in the ground on matchdays? I think that maybe, deep down, I would rather stick to what I know and love.