The city is setting an example that others should followby Jonathan Derbyshire / June 19, 2014 / Leave a comment
Published in July 2014 issue of Prospect Magazine
Manchester was the only UK economy to grow at a rate comparable to London in the decade before the recession. © Sakhan Photography Collection
How do you make a city work? We all know that London is an economic powerhouse and that other cities are too. Between them, eight urban areas—Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham and Sheffield—generate a significant proportion of the UK’s GDP. But these “second tier” cities could be doing even better. One of them, Manchester, is leading the way in showing how.
One solution to urban underperformance often touted in the years since the financial crisis is improved infrastructure—schemes like HS2, the proposed high-speed rail network linking London with Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds.