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By Canal Street

Wednesday 12th December 2018, 6.25pm (day 2,666)

By Canal Street, 12/12/18

The transformation of Manchester into a city of tower blocks continues apace. Over the last few years, how many shots from here have featured some giant construction project, completed or (mostly) otherwise? The end of Canal Street, at the New Union hotel, is now literally overshadowed by this concrete lattice, which just keeps going up, and up, and up.

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Time for plan B?

Wednesday 13th January 2016, 9.55am (day 1,602)

Platform over river, 13/1/16

This platform over the Hebden Water has always been there, at least since I’ve been living here. But recently a project began that seemed to be building on it. One story was that this was to be car parking, but I’ve also heard that there was going to be a house built on it. Either way, the state it is in now reflects what happened on December 26th, in the floods, when the river peaked above the surface of the platform, leaving it smashed up and littered with debris (much of which has since been cleared).

The point is that this is exactly the kind of situation where you might think planning permission had been granted without due consideration. Flooding, and damage from flooding, isn’t just about heavy rainfall — it’s also about damn-fool planning. At least this happened before someone blithely bought and moved into this putative house. But who knows, perhaps the project has not yet been abandoned.

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New Market, revisited

Friday 2nd October 2015, 9.30am (day 1,499)

New Market, 2/10/15

This minor street in Manchester city centre was previously pictured, relatively intact, back in April 2014. Since then it, like most of the rest of the city centre, has been chewed up in a big way. This is a less tidy shot than its previous appearance, but that’s just the way things are in Manchester at the moment.

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