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Sites of sounds: spaces of pop culture in Manchester’s Northern Quarter

Milestone, Katie (2000) Sites of sounds: spaces of pop culture in Manchester’s Northern Quarter. ISSN 1476-1580

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Abstract

This paper focuses on the ‘Northern Quarter’, a part of central Manchester which has experienced mixed fortunes over the last thirty years. Historically a thriving commercial district, it suffered a period of economic, cultural and environmental decline in the 1970s and early 1980s. However, since the mid-1980s small businesses connected with pop and youth culture have been established. Explanations for this pattern of development are explored. In particular, attention is paid to sectoral clustering, the importance of place, grass roots regeneration and the threat of gentrification.

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