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Hidden Arndale, Shopping Centre /

Available as a poster print here.

During the 1960s and 70s the high street underwent its most dramatic transformation, as the era of the wholesaler, the sector that had supported Manchester trade, came to an end and the retail sector ascended.  

Manchester’s response was dramatic: the wholesale demolition of the rabbit warren of streets that made up the city centre, replaced by the much-bemoaned Arndale Centre.  

Although often blamed for destroying much of the Victorian character of the city the service roads that snake beneath speak volumes about our demands of the city, just as the towers, culverts and canals speak about the desires and demands of times past.

Reality Hack/Hidden Manchester for URBIS gallery by Andrew Brooks

This image is also available as a free desktop wallpaper from my Contact Page.

 

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