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WE CONTINUE OUR WALK around the Millennium Quarter and stop at the junction of St Mary's Gate, Corporation St, Cross St and Market Street.
NUMBER ONE DEANSGATE is one of the newest features on the city skyline, and is visible from miles away. This wedge-shaped glass tower will house some of Manchester's most desirable residences, some costing up to £1.5m. Architect Ian Simpson, who designed the building, is going to live in two of the upper floor apartments knocked into one. On the corner ahead of us is the steel frame of the Shambles West retail development, which will have a Harvey Nichols store, and on the right is the Marks & Spencer store.
EWM says: The contrast between gleaming Deansgate 1 and the abandoned council blocks of Oldham Road is very striking. Wealth and regeneration ought to be spread across the whole of the city and surrounding area, not just in some parts of the city centre.
WE ARE LOOKING UP MARKET ST from the intersection of Cross St street on the right and Corporation St on the left. Straight in front of us is the Arndale Centre which forms a bridge over Market St. The exterior decoration we see here was installed following of the bomb, which exploded about 20 feet to the left of this scene.
EWM says let's not forget - On this junction stood a number of older buildlings demolished in the 60's. To the left, down a side street, was the Fatted Calf pub, mentioned by one EWM reader.
THIS POST BOX on Corporation St withstood the full force of the terrorist bomb which exploded a few feet away from here on the 15th of June 1996. The box was removed during repair work and restored to its original spot in 1999.
EWM says: The post box may have survived the ultimate test, but after less than two years, the plaque is already corroded and needs to be replaced.

THE CORN EXCHANGE was badly damaged in the 1996 bomb, and underwent extensive repair work before being re-opened as The Triangle shopping centre. The Corn Exchange was built in 1905 and occupies a triangular site on the street named Hanging Ditch. Now Hanging Ditch is part of the newly-created Exchange Square modelled by American designer Martha Schwartz. We notice that curved metal plates have been fitted on top of the walls, presumably because youths were using them for dangerous skateboarding stunts.
On the right of the picture, we can just see the glass corner of the Urbis Centre and part of the Printworks.

LATER IN 2002 THE URBIS CENTRE will be welcoming its first visitors. Among the exhibits you'll be able to see some Aidan O'Rourke photographs - portrait stills of people featured in video interviews. EWM returns soon with more pictures and articles from another local district.

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