Is Manchester the new Manhattan?
Rich side, poor side
There’s always two sides to every story, and Manctopia documents both. One side follows a millionaire developer who’s planning to transform the city’s red light district into a stylish residential area, and over in Salford, a woman with two small children is struggling to live in the area she grew up in due to the property boom, and is forced to find a home for her family elsewhere.
39-year-old Tim Heatly’s plans to rebrand the red light district and call it “Picadilly East” is costing him a whopping £450 million, but if everything works out it could be worth a billion. Helen Wilson is spending £1m on her new penthouse, and she’s got 250 pairs of shoes to store in it.
Single mother Christina Hughes is devastated by the property boom, because it’s forcing her out of the area she grew up in. See how it is affecting her and her children, among thousands of others in Manctopia: Billion Pound Property Boom this Tuesday.
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