Source: Manchester Evening News, Bexley Square, Chapel Street
In the morning, I like nothing more than drinking a cup of coffee and opening my newspaper (yeah, who does that anymore, right?).
This morning an article in the Manchester Evening News caught my eye as it was about Chapel Street, where I live #mcaproperties
The article was about how this part of Salford, just outside Manchester, is booming. Indeed, Chapel Street can be seen as a key road located north of the city centre and connected to the Trinity Way and Ring Road. But recently it has become more than just a road where people would drive through. Even if I have not been living here for a long time, I could notice the recent changes this area has undergone: some buildings might look old, sometimes closed, but others are being renovated and new modern skyscrapers are rising from the ground. It is easy to spot the new restaurants, shops or cafés that have opened not long ago and are attracting a new clientele.
Source: Coffee on Chapel Street
If you have a look at a map, you can see Salford is quite a strategic place, as it is just outside Manchester. Chapel Street is the closest part to it, and is clearly benefitting from Manchester’s dynamism. The city centre is expanding and its influence spreads to the surroundings, Salford being directly exposed to it. I guess you can say it really is “connected” to Manchester as reaching it from Chapel Street just requires crossing the street.
Moreover, at the other end of Chapel Street is the University of Salford, which implies a big student community adding to the area’s dynamism and potential. Not to forget that Manchester’s city centre keeps growing, so a freer area such as Salford offers opportunities in businesses, prices or venues, as well as a new customer base that lives minutes from the centre’s hustle and bustle.
Should you need examples, my residence is located between a famous pub and a cute Caribbean café which offers lots of vegan dishes. Walking 1 min is enough to get to a Coop and buy some groceries. Next to it, there is a new Italian restaurant and in front of it, a lovely café with lots of delicious homemade cakes! And as said before, it takes only 5 min to get to Spinningfields, Manchester’s most modern business district, and 15 min to get to the very centre of the city. Proof of Salford’s dynamism, the BBC recently opened offices in the Lowry district, Salford’s own modern business area which also counts with a big shopping mall on the Irwell river quays.
Source: Manchester Evening News
I closed my newspaper and thought about going for a walk outside. Manchester is undeniably booming, and so is Salford with it. I guess this sort of transition state makes it a pleasant area to live. I don’t know if it will last, or if it will soon be overcrowded like many other big cities in the world, so I thought I might just enjoy it as for today and have a peaceful break on the Irwell quays. Plus, the weather was sunny this morning and this is something not to be missed in the UK!
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