‘Don’t you just hate the way all this sales-speak has divvied up the city into Quarters – as if we lived in fucking Paris.’ The quote’s taken Penny Feeny’s Between Hope and Paradise, a short story in Naked City, an excellent book I picked up from Route’s stall at Manchester Literature Festival’s Independents Day.
It’s actually about Leeds, though the same could be said for Manchester, with the property developer-coined Green Quarter and – worse still – the Southern Quarter, which seems to incorporate anything that’s cool between the university and Portland Street. I spotted that one in Itchy Manchester, for your information.
Anyway, today BBC Manchester is reporting that the Museum of Science and Industry – or MOSI, to give it a cooler name – is getting a £54m revamp. MOSI, the Beeb says, will form part of a so-called ‘Museum Quarter’ in the city. So get out your OS maps and marker pens:
The museum quarter will stretch nearly a kilometre from the River Irwell to the Hilton tower.
Here’s MOSI director Ian Griffin with some more:
‘The newly-redeveloped MOSI would create a modern, environmentally sustainable museum while transforming an under-appreciated area of the city into a vibrant new quarter with its own distinct character.’
Which got me thinking about other areas of the city and what they might eventually become: Castlefield as the Quiet Quarter, Cathedral Gardens as the Kids’ Quarter, Chorlton as the Over-friendly Quarter and… well, leave a comment with your own suggestions.
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