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Oct 15, 2023Liked by Jack Dulhanty

Manchester's history shows that it always attracted people from afar, as your Nigerian interviewee illustrates, so it shouldn't be a source of major comment really.Do we want to return to the deindustrialised wastelands of my youth or just accept that there's a new economy with different ways of making it or at least scraping a living? I don't like these identikit towers at all but they seem to be the only models of property investment active in the city centre at present and many inhabitants do seem to enjoy the non communal lifestyles they represent if not the high rents.For over £1000 a month you can definitely rent a family sized house in the suburbs of the city but that's not the requirement for these new Mancunians. I note that the new immigrants hope to return to their homelands and wish them well, but so many others have made the same wish then settled here permanently so maybe Manchester still has something to offer everyone even on a wet and gloomy Autumnal day.

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Oct 15, 2023Liked by Jack Dulhanty

I realise it wasn’t necessarily a criticism but I do take exception with the notion that all the people living in Deansgate Square ‘probably aren’t from round here or the surrounding areas’.

Last year I was shared some stats by the developer which said circa 40% of residents had relocated from within 20 miles (27% from within 5 miles). Obviously this doesn’t prove that they are necessarily local but it definitely disputes the suggestion they’ve come to Manchester just for DS.

These figures will be out of date by now, I’m sure Renaker would be happy to provide an update though should you ask.

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Oct 15, 2023Liked by Jack Dulhanty

I use the shop on the ground floor sometimes on my way home from work to pick up the odd thing. I don’t think I have ever seen another middle-aged woman in there and there’s definitely a sense that I am not a resident and not one of the Beautiful People. Won’t stop me going in when it’s handy, but the article rings true for me.

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dumpsters

garbage

skips ?

rubbish ?

I know language is ever evolving (it does rapidly and yes garbage may well have been Elizabethan blah blah blah) but can we have stuff in English English thanks ?

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How about a quick poll of your readers to find out how many are 'from round here' I moved from London 44 years ago - does that make me a local now?

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Why does The Mill keep publishing these class-bait articles?

"Oh no people aren't from _around here_!" or "oh but they're not _real Mancunians_!" "People are wearing nice clothes and have small dogs, they must not have to work to live".

Is this The Mill's version of Reach (et. al.) journalists trawling Twitter for some minor controversy? Go to an area that's seen new residential development in the last few years and look for "real Mancunians" and write a few hundred words when the aren't many of them?

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