Although the spoof new site NewsManc is pretty funny, I think most residents of Wythenshawe already see their area and thoroughly isolated from the rest of Manchester.
Built as a Garden Suburb in the 1920s, modelled on Ebenezer Howard’s Garden Cities projects at Letchworth and Welwyn. With further construction in the 1960s it became home to thousands of people rehoused after the 19th Century terraced slums of Hulme were pulled down. This process and it’s reconstruction is recorded in this unique collection of images held by the Manchester School of Art Visual Resources Centre. A population used to living a 10 minute walk way from the city centre we now 10 miles away on the border of Cheshire.
Another example of paternalistic planners and politicians of the post-war era planning a bright new future for all, and forgetting that the people they were rehousing were just that, people with lives friends, social lives, jobs and traditional that were specific to their location in Hulme.
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