NEW GEORGE STREET, SMITHFIELD SQUARE, MANCHESTER. 7.32AM
Despite there being two chain hotels and a new apartment block surrounding Smithfield Square, the only colour was from the light of the Spar. The architects of the flats have tried to make an effort with some blocks of yellow, but somehow it feels like they’ve used the last bits of Lego left in the bag.
I’m never quite sure why so much of the new architecture in Manchester is grey, and there seems to be a phobia towards creating green spaces. Some businesses have put in spikes to stop homeless people sleeping outside them and, in Manchester, I sometimes wonder if the same principle is applied to workers by not putting in seats, so that they can’t rest and compromise the energy and economic ambition of the city.
I wasn’t sure if this lad, searching through his wallet, was on his way home or going to work. Behind him is the final part of a £120m development. The apartments have been sold to an investment company.
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